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Occupy the world: Rome burns as Wall St protests spread over globe and thousands march on Times Square in New York

Daily Mail
Oct. 15, 2011
By John Stevens

Shop windows were smashed, reporters attacked and cars torched as the global ‘day of rage’ erupted into violence in Rome today as protests inspired by Occupy Wall Street spread across the world.

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered at more than 950 demonstrations in more than 80 countries as protesters marked four weeks since the rallies against the global financial system began.

In New York – where the protests first started – thousands of people are preparing to occupy Times Square in what is being called ‘The Occupation Party’.

In Rome, protesters smashed car windows, set at least two vehicles on fire and assaulted two Sky Italia news crews, the channel reported. Others burned Italian and European Union flags.

Black smoke billowed into the air in downtown Rome as a small group of violent protesters broke away from the main demonstration.

Italian police fired tear gas and water cannons as protesters who had smashed shop and bank windows, torched cars and hurled bottles.

It came a day after Premier Silvio Berlusconi barely survived a confidence vote as Italy, with a national debt ratio second only to Greece in the 17-nation eurozone, is rapidly becoming a focus of concern in Europe’s debt crisis.

Demonstrators worldwide shouted their rage against bankers and politicians they accuse of ruining economies and condemning millions to hardship through greed and bad government but most other protests were carried off peacefully.

Galvanised by the Occupy Wall Street movement, the protests began in New Zealand, rippled round the world to Europe, before returning to to their starting point in New York.

Organisers hoped to see non-violent demonstrations in 951 cities in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa in addition to every state in the United States.

Some of the biggest gatherings were seen in Spain where 60,000 people joined demonstrations in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol and 20,000 marched through Seville.

Tonight protesters are gathering for a mass occupation of Times Square in New York City in what organisers are calling ‘The Occupation Party’.

Marchers, many dressed in white, are making their way to Times Square for a rally at 5pm EDT, when the area typically is crowded with tourists and Broadway theatregoers.

‘At the present time, Broadway matinee and evening shows will go on as scheduled,’ Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League, said in a statement.

UN names journalism one of the most dangerous professions in the world

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
Oct. 15, 2011
By Natalia Mazotte

With more than 500 killings during the last 10 years, journalism is one of the most dangerous professions in the world, according to an alert from the United Nations.

“Mapping out a UN plan of action on the safety of journalists and to put an end to impunity for perpetrators of violations against them is essential,” said the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

Pillay said journalists “report on human rights violations and bad governance, give voice to the victims and the oppressed, and contribute towards raising awareness of human rights issues,” and that this service deserves better protection.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 44 journalists were killed in 2010 around the world; 73 were killed in 2009. A recent report from the International Press Institute identified Latin America as the most dangerous region in the world to practice journalism in 2011, with Mexico as the most dangerous country.

Full Article Here – http://knightcenter.utexas.edu/en/node/7766

Hundreds ‘occupy’ Omaha

Omaha World Herald
Oct. 15, 2011

Police estimate nearly 1,000 protesters

Omaha police estimate 900 to 1,000 people attended the Occupy Omaha rally at its peak Saturday.

Officer Michael Pecha, a spokesman for the police, also said there were no incidents related to the march.

Hundreds march through downtown

Hundreds of Occupy Omaha protesters politely snaked their way through downtown streets Saturday.

About 10:30 a.m. most of the few hundred Occupy protesters were stationed in front of the Federal Reserve Bank building at 2201 Farnam St.

Many vehicles, including one taxi cab, honked as they drove by the large crowd.

The atmosphere remained calm throughout the march with Tea Party members mixing in amicably with the Occupy protesters.

The few hundred protesters stretched across several blocks as they marched, but the crowd made sure to wait for the light at each intersection. 

Full Article Here – http://www.omaha.com/article/20111015/NEWS01/111019816#hundreds-occupy-omaha 

CAW throws support behind growing Occupy movement

Globe and Mail
Oct. 14, 2011
By Kim Mackrael

Unions are offering their support to the Canadian version of Occupy Wall Street, giving a boost to the nascent movement as activists prepare to begin their own demonstrations against corporate greed and inequality.

Canadian Auto Workers, Service Employees International Union, and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada have all endorsed the movement and said some of their members will take to the streets on Saturday.

“We are encouraging people to participate in peaceful demonstrations,” CAW president Ken Lewenza said on Friday. “The issues being fought on Wall Street and this weekend on Bay Street are issues that we have been talking about for quite some time.”

Activists say they will gather in Toronto on Saturday to highlight the gap between the wealthy few and the rest of the world. Hundreds of similar events are planned to begin in cities around the world on Saturday.

Mr. Lewenza said he doesn’t know how many people from the union will attend, but he sent a note to CAW Locals asking members to show up in force.

Canadian Union of Public Employees president Paul Moist said the union hasn’t been formally asked for support, but is working through provincial federations of labour to support the gatherings. “It seems to me that it’s natural that labour would support folks that are raising issues about the growing gap between haves and have-nots,” he said.

At a Toronto planning meeting on Thursday that attracted more than 250 people, an organizer said he had asked for the support of several local unions.

“The labour unions want to help us out,” the man said. “Do we want to accept labour’s help?” The group, which makes decisions by consensus, clapped and cheered.

In New York, a group of powerful unions joined Occupy Wall Street last week, bolstering demonstrators’ numbers and amplifying their message. And in Canada, the BC Federation of Labour announced earlier this week it would lend formal support to protesters in Vancouver who plan to convene near the city’s art gallery on Saturday.

Full Article Here – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/caw-throws-support-behind-growing-occupy-movement/article2201340/

Protesters to rally worldwide against greedy rich

Oct. 14, 2011
By Michel Rose

(Reuters) – Protesters worldwide geared up for a cry of rage on Saturday against bankers, financiers and politicians they accuse of ruining global economies and condemning millions to poverty and hardship through greed.

Galvanised by the past month’s Occupy Wall Street movement, they plan to take to the streets from Sydney to Alaska via London, Frankfurt, Washington and New York.

Riot police prepared for any trouble — cities such as London and Athens have seen violent confrontations this year — but it was impossible to say how many people would actually turn out despite a rallying call across social media websites.

“I’ve been waiting for this protest for a long time, since 2008,” said Daniel Schreiber, 28, an editor in Berlin. “I was always wondering why people aren’t outraged and why nothing has happened and finally, three years later, it’s happening.”

The Australian city of Melbourne got the ball rolling on Saturday with about 1,000 gathering peacefully in central City Square, listening to speeches.

Nick Carson, a spokesman for OccupyMelbourne.Org, said protests were planned for all of Australia’s major cities.

“I think people want real democracy,” he said. “They don’t want corporate influence over their politicians. They want their politicians to be accountable. They want proper representation.”

Elsewhere in traditionally reserved Asia, about 50 gathered in New Zealand’s quake-hit city of Christchurch and small demonstrations were expected in the Japanese capital Tokyo.

The protests are billed as peaceful. But in a sign of what may happen, a group of students stormed Goldman Sachs’s offices in the Italian city of Milan on Friday.

The students managed to break into the hall of the Goldman Sachs building in the heart of Milan’s financial district. The protests were quickly dispersed but red graffiti was daubed on its walls expressing anger at Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and saying “Give us money.”

Demonstrators also hurled eggs at the headquarters of UniCredit, Italy’s biggest bank.

Italian police were on alert for thousands to march in Rome against austerity measures planned by Berlusconi’s government.


In Britain, demonstrators aim to converge on the City of London — a leading international financial center — under the banner “Occupy the Stock Exchange.”

“We have people from all walks of life joining us every day,” said Spyro, one of those behind a Facebook page in London which has grown to some 12,000 followers in a few weeks.

Full Article Here – http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/15/us-protests-idUSTRE79E0FC20111015

Violence Breaks Out During ‘Occupy Wall Street’ March Toward New York Stock Exchange

CBS New York
Oct. 14, 2011

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Shortly after protesters learned they’d be able to stay in Zuccotti Park indefinitely, violence broke out Friday morning as a group marched away from it.
Photos: Protesters, Police Clash | Zuccotti Park Occupied | Celebs At Occupation

Demonstrators clashed with officers while marching to Wall Street’s landmark Bull. Police said arrests — of which there were more than a dozen — were mainly for blocking traffic.  Protesters chanted “The whole world is watching” during the arrests.

Among the most notable incidents on Friday happened when one man lost his balance, and was run over by a police scooter.  The man could be seen screaming on the ground after the tire of the scooter apparently rolled over on his foot.

“He was just walking and the cop ran him over,” one witness said.

It’s unclear how the man came to be on the ground in the first place or how his leg ended up under the bike.  Police descended on the protester and got him out from under the bike. Some witnesses told Sandberg the man was beaten during the arrest.

“We had somebody knock over a scooter, there were some arrests here — I don’t know what the charges were — there were people in the street the police officer was trying to get them out of the street, this was down near the exchange,” New York City Police Department’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Paul Browne said.

The National Guild of Lawyers said they believe the man, who is not being identified, was a legal observer at the scene to to offer assistance to protesters who are arrested. The Guild says the man was arrested after the incident which remains under investigation.

Full Article Here – http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/10/14/violence-breaks-out-during-occupy-wall-street-march-on-wall-street/

Occupy Canada rallies put police on alert

CBC News
Oct. 14, 2011
By Marlene Habib

Canadian organizers of the so-called Occupy movement are ramping up efforts to rally “against spiritual wickedness in high places” during a global day of action Saturday that now has the backing of at least a couple of major unions, and has put police and businesses on alert.

Thousands in at least 15 Canadian cities — from Vancouver to St. John’s — were holding meetings Friday to complete plans for the weekend marches, sit-ins and other efforts to decry what the movement says is an uneven distribution of wealth caused by government policies favouring big business.

While locations for where the rallies start and end vary according to city, they generally include marching to financial districts, city halls or other important economic venues. Weather forecasts of heavy rain and high winds in parts of Canada aren’t deterring the plans.

Their efforts now have the backing of at least two major unions — the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.

“I’m encouraged to see citizens rightfully stand up and take action against what are gross injustices in our economic and social structures,” said CAW national president Ken Lewenza in a release Friday.

“It’s time for people to take ownership of their streets, their economy and fight back against corporations and governments championing right-wing, neo-liberal policies that support a select few, at the expense of the majority.”

As of Friday evening, Occupy Canada’s Facebook page had more than 13,000 “likes” and more than 21,000 “talking about this” hits. A YouTube video shot in Toronto’s downtown Dundas Square features someone with Occupy Canada preaching to Canadians to join rallies in their cities as part of a rising “global consciousness.”

“We wrestle not against flesh or blood, not against Muslim, not against Christian, not against black, not against white – but against powers, against spiritual wickedness in high places, against the rulers of darkness of this world, and that is the truth – and we wrestle not against each other but … against the corrupt powers of this world,” the man shouts.

It’s all part of the social networking-driven movement, which has been heating up on the front lines in U.S. cities, including in New York where the whole Occupy mission began Sept. 17.

While the U.S. movement has the support of many labour, political and spiritual leaders, Canada’s Occupy movement has been criticized for not being focused — which is reflected in a CBC online survey asking Canadians: “Is the Occupy Wall Street message relevant in Canada?”

In the U.S., hundreds have been arrested during clashes in various U.S. cities. Despite that, some 1,500 cities globally are taking part in Saturday’s day of action.

Canadian police units, notably in Toronto and Vancouver where the G20 protests in June 2010 and hockey riots this past June, respectively, have led to violence and arrests, have for days been planning their strategies for handling the Occupy protests.

Full Article Here – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/10/14/occupy-canada-rallies.html 

Students storm Goldman Sachs building in Milan

Oct. 14, 2011

(Reuters) – A group of students stormed Goldman Sachs’s central Milan offices on Friday ahead of worldwide protests against financial inequality planned for the weekend.

The Italian demonstrations are the latest bout of anger at banks and financiers as outcry spreads throughout the world following the occupation of Wall Street in New York by protesters over the past month.

Students managed to break into the hall of the Goldman Sachs building in the heart of Milan’s financial district, a few steps away from La Scala opera house, police said.

The protests were quickly dispersed by police and security was restored to the elegant building, though red graffiti was daubed on its walls expressing anger at Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and proclaiming “Give us money.”

Protesters in Italy’s financial capital also hurled eggs at the headquarters of UniCredit, the country’s biggest bank.

Full Article Here – http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/14/us-italy-goldman-protests-idUSTRE79D3ZM20111014

Police Clear ‘Occupy Denver’ Protesters, Arrest 23

Denver 7news
Oct. 14, 2011
By Deb Stanley

DENVER — Under the governor’s orders, state troopers in riot gear cleared Veteran’s Park across from the state Capitol on Friday morning, arresting dozens of protesters.

At 6:28 a.m., the troopers began moving the protesters from the park. By 6:45 a.m., the park was mostly cleared. At 7 a.m. a line of troopers was standing on Broadway to prevent the protesters from going back into the park or the street.Video from Airtracker 7 and 7NEWS crews on the ground showed several protesters being taken into custody. Denver Police said 23 people were arrested.

“Several protestors were arrested this morning as a result of criminal misconduct,” Colorado State Patrol Col. James Wolfinbarger tweeted.One protester was treated for a minor injury, Denver police said.Occupy Denver told 7NEWS that protesters were cuffed using plastic zip-ties. The group also said some protesters were carried away by troopers.

Full Article Here – http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/29481865/detail.html

Protesters plan to ‘occupy’ London Stock Exchange

Oct. 14, 2011
By and

After four weeks of focus on Wall Street, the campaign against the global banking industry is coming to the UK this weekend, with the biggest event aiming to “occupy” the London Stock Exchange.

The protests have been organised on Facebook and Twitter pages that between them have picked up more than 15,000 followers. Campaigners are to gather outside St Paul’s Cathedral at midday on Saturday before marching the short distance to Paternoster Square, home of the Stock Exchange, as well as the London head office of investment bank Goldman Sachs.

It is one of a series of events planned around the UK as part of a global day of action, with 800-plus protests promised so far worldwide.

It remains to be seen how many of the online supporters will turn up in London, with estimates ranging from a few hundred to a couple of thousand. It is also unclear whether the City police, the small force that operates in London’s financial district, will permit activists to mimic the Wall Street protests by pitching tents.

Paternoster Square is a private development, giving police more powers to remove activists. Among its tenants are a number of upmarket shops and restaurants that may take a dim view of a semi-permanent encampment.

The force refused to discuss whether protesters would be moved on, saying only that “appropriate policing preparations are in place”. The Stock Exchange and Goldman Sachs declined to comment.

The current protests – which combine anger at the bailout of the financial sector with disquiet at the faltering global economy and increased inequality – have their roots in mass marches earlier this year in Spain. They have attracted global attention with the camp in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, which was scheduled to be cleared by authorities on Friday.

The first UK event took place in Manchester this month, timed to coincide with the Conservative party conference in the city. Up to 30 people remain in tents in the city’s Peace Gardens in St Peter’s Square. About a dozen other events are planned for Saturday around the UK, including Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol, Norwich, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Among events in other countries, 1,300 people have pledged via Facebook to occupy a central plaza in Sydney, with similar events planned for Saturday in Melbourne, Taipei, Seoul and Hong Kong. The global movement has issued a manifesto, endorsed by Naomi Klein and Noam Chomsky, among others, calling for a democratisation of the global finance system and mentioning the Arab spring as an inspiration for mass action.

One protester planning to take part in London said the campaign, which is not allied to any political party, began with a series of Facebook pages in early September. Once people gathered at the Stock Exchange there would be mass votes to decide the next course of action, said Spyro Van Leemnen, 28.

Full Article Here – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/14/protesters-london-stock-exchange