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Daily Archives: October 22, 2011

4,000 Germans protest banks’ dominance in continental Europe’s financial hub

Associated Press
Oct. 22, 2011

BERLIN — German police say around 4,000 people took to the streets in Frankfurt to protest the banks’ dominance in what is continental Europe’s financial hub.

Police spokeswoman Isabell Neumann said Saturday the Occupy Frankfurt protesters marched peacefully through the city.

Organizers of the protest — which is inspired by New York’s Occupy Wall Street movement — said turnout was about 6,000.

Some protesters have been camping out in front of the European Central Bank’s office tower in Frankfurt since a demonstration of around 5,000 there last week. Several hundred protesters criticizing banks and capitalism as a whole also took to the streets in Berlin, where about 4,000 had turned out last Saturday.

Full Article Here – http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/4000-germans-protest-banks-dominance-in-continental-europes-financial-hub/2011/10/22/gIQACmwk6L_story.html

Occupy Toronto protesters gather

Canadian Press
Oct. 22, 2011

Several hundred people marched through the streets of downtown Toronto on Saturday, part of the continuing Occupy Toronto movement.

Protesters gathered at St. James Park, then headed to Nathan Phillips Square for an afternoon rally.

The protesters have occupied the downtown park for one week now, trying to get attention for their message of social equality.

New Democrat MP Olivia Chow joined the protesters saying those in power should listen more carefully to their message.

The crowd was considerably smaller than the group’s first protest last weekend.

Toronto police kept an eye on the march from a distance.

There were no reports of any trouble.

New York arrest

But in New York a 24-year-old Toronto man was taken into police custody after he scaled a 20-meter-tall steel sculpture near the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York City.

Dylan Spoelstra of Toronto climbed up into the reddish orange structure at about 6 a.m. Saturday near Zuccotti Park, and said he wasn’t coming down until Mayor Michael Bloomberg resigned.

New York police officer James Duffy said the police’s emergency service unit and expert negotiators were called in to help.

“We had police officers there, obviously, for the demonstration,” Duffy said.

“But we had our emergency service unit respond, and our hostage negotiation team respond, not because he had hostages but just because they are skilled in dealing with people, especially irrational people.”

After about three hours, the man voluntarily came down from the sculpture in a basket crane alongside an officer.

Full Article Here – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/10/22/toronto-occupy-toronto.html

‘Occupy London’ start camp in Finsbury Square

BBC News
Oct. 22, 2011

Anti-capitalist protesters have started a second camp in London – as a demonstration outside St Paul’s Cathedral entered its seventh day.

About 30 tents have been put up in Finsbury Square in London’s business district.

The move came as up to 300 protesters from Occupy London Stock Exchange (OccupyLSX) refused to leave the front of St Paul’s.

The cathedral has been closed since Friday amid safety concerns.

OccupyLSX said it had been working “to accommodate the cathedral’s concerns”.

The group says it is protesting against “corporate greed”.

Although the cathedral was closed to tourists, a planned wedding did take place on Saturday.

Rather than using the cathedral’s grand entrance, bride Natasha Ighodaro, an account manager for a PR company, entered through a side door.

The bride smiled broadly as she left the service, saying: “It’s been amazing. There hasn’t been any disruption at all – it’s been wonderful, really amazing.”

Meanwhile, some of her guests offered support to the activists.

John Giles, from Godalming in Surrey, said: “I think there are valuable comments being made and it seems to have been done in a peaceful way.

“They have a democratic right to protest.”

A spokesman for the cathedral – which costs £20,000 per day to run and draws between 2,000 and 3,000 worshippers each Sunday – said it would lose about £16,000 in visitor donations for every day it is closed.

City of London Police said it would not comment on how many officers were attending the protest.

Full Article Here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-15415296 

Anonymous targets law enforcement in latest data leak

Oct. 22, 2011

After a brief respite from exposing the personal information of its targets, the Anonymous hacking collective on Friday posted documents that appear to contain the personal information of police officers in Massachusetts and Alabama.

The group said it leaked the stolen data, which included the names, addresses, ranks, phone numbers and Social Security numbers for 1,000 officers in Birmingham, Ala., as part of the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality.

The Twitter account “@anon260″ was issuing the tweets containing links to Pastebin documents.

The other publicly posted document contained the names, usernames and passwords of more than 1,000 members of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPPA).

Calls placed to both the Birmingham Police Department and BPPA were not immediately returned.
Today’s commemoration included ground protests, as well, highlighted by a demonstration in Harlem against the New York City police’s stop-and-frisk practices. The protest received support from the Occupy Wall Street movement. Thirty-two people were arrested, according to reports.

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Anonymous targets law enforcement in latest data leak
The Anonymous hacking collective, out of support of anti-police brutality protests happening on Friday, has leaked what appears to be the personal information of authorities in Boston and Birmingham, Ala.
Dan Kaplan 
SC Magazine
Oct 21, 2011 12:16 EDT

After a brief respite from exposing the personal information of its targets, the Anonymous hacking collective on Friday posted documents that appear to contain the personal information of police officers in Massachusetts and Alabama.

Full Article Here – http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/10/22/anonymous-targets-law-enforcement-in-latest-data-leak/

BP wins approval to resume drilling in Gulf of Mexico

BBC News
Oct. 21, 2011

BP has won approval to resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, 18 months after a well blowout killed 11 workers and caused an environmental disaster.

Regulators approved plans for drilling to depths of up to 6,000ft about 200 miles off the coast of New Orleans.

US officials said in a statement: “Our review of BP’s plan included verification of BP’s compliance with the heightened standards.”

The Gulf’s Kaskida oilfield could contain up to 3bn barrels of crude.

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said BP’s exploration plan meets the stringent standards issued by the government after last year’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, as well as the additional self-imposed standards that BP has taken.

Full Article Here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15412205 

Disabled people plan nationwide protests against cuts

BBC News
Oct. 21, 2011

Disabled people are due to take part in protests planned in cities across the UK against government spending cuts.

Organisers of the Hardest Hit campaign say rallies or marches will take place in 11 cities from London to Edinburgh.

The demonstrators object to cuts in disability living allowance, benefit changes and local service cutbacks.

Ministers say the welfare system is currently failing people and that reforms will see benefits go to those who need them.

The planned protests, organised by the UK Disabled People’s Council and the Disability Benefits Consortium, follow on from a demonstration in May in central London.

The events are taking place one year after the government’s comprehensive Spending Review, in cities including London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Nottingham and Manchester.

Protesters at the events will carry messages of support sent by disabled peopled who cannot attend in person, organisers say.

Full Article Here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15399724?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Steve Winyard, co-chairman of the Hardest Hit coalition, says the “one single achievement” of disability minister Maria Miller is that she has united the disability movement.

He said: “The proposed cuts have brought together disability charities and disabled people’s organisations into a single united force where previously we’ve had a difficult relationship with differences on policy and ideology.”

Fellow chairman Jaspal Dhani said the government had broken its promise to protect disabled people from spending cuts.

“The last 12 months have seen a string of cuts that have hit disabled people the hardest, from benefits changes to local authorities slashing social care budgets and axing concessionary bus passes.

“Disabled people can’t be squeezed any further, that is why so many of us will be joining the Hardest Hit protests in cities across the country and online.”

Demonstrators are calling on ministers to:

  •  ensure changes to disability living allowance – which helps many to live independently – do not make disabled people worse off
  • make sure employment and support allowance, the successor to incapacity benefit, has a fair assessment, does its job and supports disabled people
  • stop cuts to services which are essential to disabled people’s quality of life, such as day care, transport and respite care services
  • make sure that the welfare system supports people with the additional costs of living with a disability

A spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions said the government was “absolutely committed” to supporting disabled people and would spend “more than £40bn a year on disabled people and their services”.

Full Article Here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15399724?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter