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New Yorkers support anti-Wall Street protests: poll

Reuters
Oct. 17, 2011


NEW YORK (Reuters) – Anti-Wall Street protests have won broad support among New York City voters, who would overwhelmingly favor tougher regulations on the financial industry, new poll results showed on Monday.

Sixty-seven percent of those who responded to a Quinnipiac University survey said they agreed with the Occupy Wall Street protesters, who are upset that banks were allowed to earn huge profits after being bailed out during the recession, while average Americans remained under financial strain.

An even wider margin, 87 percent, agreed with the protesters’ right to camp out in Lower Manhattan, as long as they obeyed the law. The movement began staging rallies more than a month ago.


Support for the protests was split down party lines, with 81 percent of the Democrats saying they backed them, while only 35 percent of Republicans said so.

The protests have spread across the country and moved overseas over the weekend. While most rallies were relatively small, violence flared in Rome where tens of thousands of people came into the streets.

The movement’s focal point, however, has been New York, where protests have been largely peaceful. Still, less than half of those surveyed approved of the way police have handled the demonstrations, after several episodes in which force has been used on protesters.

Full Article Here – http://finance.yahoo.com/news/New-Yorkers-support-antiWall-rb-3372904861.html?x=0&sec=topStories&pos=9&asset=&ccode=

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Activists: Syrian troops fire on funeral in south

Associated Press
Oct. 16, 2011

(AP)  BEIRUT — Activists say Syrian government troops have fired live ammunition to disperse mourners gathered for the funeral of an activist in the country’s east.

There was no immediate word on casualties from Sunday’s shooting in the city of Deir el-Zour.

The activist, Ziad al-Obeidi, was shot dead Saturday. He worked for the British-based Observatory for Human Rights in Syria and had been in hiding since troops stormed the city two months ago.

Observatory director Rami Abdul-Rahman said some 7,000 people calling for the downfall of President Bashar Assad took part in Sunday’s funeral procession.

Abdul-Rahman and other activists said security forces also stormed areas near the capital Damascus and were carrying out house-to-house arrests as part of efforts to suppress the resilient anti-government uprising.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

CAIRO (AP) — Arab League officials say Arab foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting to discuss whether to suspend Syria from the organization to pressure Damascus to end the deadly crackdown on anti-government demonstrators.

The officials say Sunday’s meeting in Cairo comes in response to the Syrian government’s failure to stop killing protesters.

Several Gulf countries requested the meeting. Many of the Gulf states have pulled their ambassadors out of Syria to protest the regime’s crackdown, which the U.N. says has killed more than 3,000 people.

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Occupy Wall Street Shows Muscle, Raises $300K

Associated Press
Oct. 16, 2011
By VERENA DOBNIK

NEW YORK (AP) — The Occupy Wall Street movement has close to $300,000, as well as storage space loaded with donated supplies in lower Manhattan. It stared down city officials to hang on to its makeshift headquarters, showed its muscle Saturday with a big Times Square demonstration and found legions of activists demonstrating in solidarity across the country and around the world.
Could this be the peak for loosely organized protesters, united less by a common cause than by revulsion to what they consider unbridled corporate greed? Or are they just getting started?
There are signs of confidence, but also signs of tension among the demonstrators at Zuccotti Park, the epicenter of the movement that began a month ago Monday. They have trouble agreeing on things like whether someone can bring in a sleeping bag, and show little sign of uniting on any policy issues. 
Some protesters eventually want the movement to rally around a goal, while others insist that isn’t the point.

 

“We’re moving fast, without a hierarchical structure and lots of gears turning,” said Justin Strekal, a college student and political organizer who traveled from Cleveland to New York to help. “… Egos are clashing, but this is participatory democracy in a little park.”
Even if the protesters were barred from camping in Zuccotti Park, as the property owner and the city briefly threatened to do last week, the movement would continue, Strekal said. He said activists were working with legal experts to identify alternate sites where the risk of getting kicked out would be relatively low.
Wall Street protesters are intent on hanging on to the momentum they gained from Saturday’s worldwide demonstrations, which drew hundreds of thousands of people, mostly in the U.S. and Europe. They’re filling a cavernous space a block from Wall Street with donated goods to help sustain their nearly month-long occupation of a private park nearby.
They’ve amassed mounds of blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, cans of food, medical and hygienic supplies — even oddities like a box of knitting wool and 20 pairs of swimming goggles (to shield protesters from pepper-spray attacks). Supporters are shipping about 300 boxes a day, Strekal said.
The space was donated by the United Federation of Teachers, which has offices in the building.
Close to $300,000 in cash also has been donated, through the movement’s website and by people who give money in person at the park, said Bill Dobbs, a press liaison for the movement. The movement has an account at Amalgamated Bank, which bills itself as “the only 100 percent union-owned bank in the United States.”
Strekal said the donated goods are being stored “for a long-term occupation.”
“We are unstoppable! Another world is possible!” Kara Segal and other volunteers chanted in the building lobby as they arrived to help unpack and sort items, preparing them to be rolled out to the park.
While on the streets, moments of madness occasionally erupt in the protest crowd — accompanied by whiffs of marijuana, grungy clothing and disarray — order prevails at the storage site.

Police told to move along as anti-bank protesters camp out at St Paul’s

Guardian
Oct. 16, 2011
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In their stand against mammon, protesters occupying St Paul’s churchyard to vent anger at reckless bankers found heartwarming support emanating from the house of God.

Far from requesting that the 300-strong crowd be removed from the cathedral steps on Sunday , the Rev Dr Giles Fraser, canon chancellor of St Paul’s, requested that the police themselves move on as the Occupy London Stock Exchange protest entered its second day.

A line of officers had taken up position at the top of the steps to “protect” the building. “Which was very good of them,” explained the canon. But then he had asked them if they would leave, “because I didn’t feel that it needed that sort of protection”.


And so those attending Sunday mass found themselves picking a path through the makeshift camp of around 100 tents erected at the foot of the cathedral’s steps after Saturday’s global day of action inspired by the US’s Occupy Wall Street movement.

With the sermon of the day appropriately including a gospel reading about “God and money”, the regular congregation was joined by some of the protesters. The canon had warned them the cathedral bells were “really loud”, so it was an early start to their first full day of occupation.

An attempt on Saturday to set up camp outside the London Stock Exchange in nearby privately-owned Paternoster Square had been thwarted by police. But all the indications on Sunday were that a hard core of dedicated protesters were digging in for the long haul at St Paul’s.

A field kitchen was being erected, offering basics donated by wellwishers. A first aid point was set up in front of a poster renaming the area as Tahrir Square. A media area, powered by a generator, was aiming to stream activities from the camp live on to the internet. A line of seven portable toilets had also been installed. “Pick up your litter” was one of the continual announcements over the camp’s megaphone.

A spokesman said the purpose of the occupation was “to challenge the bankers and the financial institutions which recklessly gambled with the economy. This and 20 other occupations all around the UK have been directly inspired by what’s happening all across America and especially in Wall Street.”

Roy Alexander, 39, from Surrey, said: “We’re planning to stay here indefinitely, we’ll stay here and make a stand. I think we’ll have more people join.”

The protest indeed appeared to have struck a chord with many who were new to demonstrating. “I’m 40. Never been on a protest before. But I found myself here,” said one man, who asked not to be named, from Sheffield. “I’m pretty middle of the road politically, so I wasn’t sure about all the Socialist Workers placards at first. But this issue has attracted people from all walks of life. I’m a diehard atheist – there’s a woman over there with a ‘Jesus is Calling’ placard. It’s all of us.”

Another on his first protest was Ollie Taylor, 23, from Aldershot. “I feel really, really strongly about this issue. I really think it is going to snowball.” He, like many others, was having to leave the protest to return to his job, working in a photographic studio. But many pledged to return.

Police appeared relaxed, keeping a visible but low-key presence, and chatting and mingling with protesters. It was a different situation on Saturday, when an estimated 3,000-4,000 protesters converged on the cathedral. Supporters claimed a disproportionate amount of force was used and people were “kettled, grabbed and thrown off the steps forcefully”.

Full Article Here – http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/oct/16/occupy-london-protest-st-pauls?newsfeed=true