Latest developments in the global Occupy protests
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Some of the latest developments in the Occupy protests taking place in cities across the world:
The Rev. Jesse Jackson met with protesters in Zuccotti Park for the second day in a row Tuesday. Protesters said he helped them prevent police from removing tents that violated park rules on Monday evening. Later Tuesday, about 200 Occupy Wall Street protesters marched from the park to the Manhattan district attorney’s office to demand an investigation into what they say was an “unprovoked assault” on a protester by police last week. Protesters carried signs that read “End NYPD Violence.” Activist Felix Rivera-Pitre was seen on video being punched by an officer on Friday. Police said the altercation occurred after the man tried to elbow the officer in the face.
Later Tuesday night, feminist author Naomi Wolf a companion were taken into police custody outside an award ceremony held to honor Gov. Andrew Cuomo. She was detained after ignoring police warnings to stay off the street in front of the building where the awards ceremony was being held and where a crowd of about 50 Occupy Wall Street protesters were rallying.
The movement shows that people are fed up with capitalism’s ills, according to reclusive North Korea, which attributes the protests to the “extremely acute socio-class contradictions” created after the global financial crisis in 2007. North Koreans are proud of their socialist system because it is ruled by science and will continue to flourish in the future, the official Korean Central News Agency said. In a separate dispatch titled “Capitalism has no Future,” the agency reported that worldwide events never unfold the way imperialists want them to. North Korea is one of the world’s most impoverished nations and relies on outside aid to feed many of its 24 million people.
Demonstrators in Providence are urging activists to form small support groups to help one another in case police seek to break up their encampment at Burnside Park, for which they don’t have a permit, and arrest anyone refusing to leave. Activists say the so-called “affinity groups” should consist of eight to 12 people who talk ahead of time to determine how they’ll behave if put in a situation where they might be arrested. Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare has said there are no plans to evict the protesters.
Building owners who pay for upkeep of a Cincinnati park where protests are taking place are pressuring city officials to end the demonstrations there, while a spokeswoman for the group counters that she and her peers spend 10 minutes every hour cleaning up and assign “peacekeepers” to break up any fights. Protesters have been issued citations for staying in the park after hours.
Police urged the two dozen or so protesters in Colorado Springs to get permits that would allow them to set up tents to keep their supplies — as long as they don’t try to sleep in them. If the protesters don’t comply or the permits aren’t approved, they’ll have to come down. Several people who have not complied have been given written warnings, and one person was arrested early Tuesday.
Police in Fort Wayne told protesters they could remain in Headwaters Park for at least a few more days if they stay peaceful and follow rules. About 250 protesters showed up at a rally and march on Saturday, and about a dozen or so protesters were at the park Monday.
Authorities in Lincoln said a camp set up near the state Capitol is legal because it’s in a public right-of-way, not a park, which would have to close at night. About two dozen tents went up last weekend along Centennial Mall in what organizers said would be a long-term protest.