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In this Oct. 10, 2011 photo, a protester affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street demonstration listens to a drum circle in Zuccotti Park in New York. At the Occupy Wall Street protest camp in Manhattan, protesters agonized over what to do about drum players who had turned part of the site into an impromptu dance floor. The neighbors were complaining about the racket. The protesters had tried to put a time limit on the noise, but the drummers were refusing to obey.

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Can 'Occupy' protests last without leaders?

Reining in a few pesky percussionists who won't limit the noise they're making would seem to be an easy task for a movement seemingly on the verge of becoming a political force. But one month after it burst onto the scene and inspired similar protests across the country, the Occupy Wall Street protest remains stubbornly decentralized, complicating everything from enforcing camp rules to writing a national platform.

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