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Police clear protesters near Oakland’s City Hall

Associated Press
Oct. 25, 2011

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Police in riot gear cleared anti-Wall Street protesters on Tuesday morning from the plaza in front of Oakland‘s City Hall where they have been camped out for about two weeks, prompting city leaders to advise downtown businesses to delay opening and city employees to come in late.
Television news footage showed numerous people in plastic handcuffs being led away from the site by police around 5 a.m. The protesters did not appear to be resisting, although an officer did fire a non-lethal projectile from a shotgun at a protester who lobbed a bottle, authorities told the San Francisco Chronicle.
One of those arrested, Aiyahnna Johnson, 30, of Oakland, had been living at the camp with her 2-year-old daughter. “We want the best for you guys, that’s all,” she was quoted by the San Francisco Chronicle telling two officers who were leading her away.

The police action began around 4:40 a.m. when an officer on a loud speaker told the protesters they were illegally blocking the plaza and were subject to arrest, according to the Chronicle. The newspaper reported that several hundred people appeared ready to defend the camp about an hour before police moved in, placing Dumpsters, boards, pallets and even metal police-style barricades around the plaza.
Anthony Owens, 40, of Oakland, said some people in the camp left as word spread about possible police action. A core group of about 150 people locked arms and shouted as officers moved in from four corners, Owens said.
Witnesses reported seeing smoke rising from the area. The plaza was “contained” around 5:30 a.m., according to city officials, although tents and trash remained strewn there. It was not immediately clear how many people were arrested.
A police spokeswoman did not return a message from The Associated Press.
Police maintained a heavy presence around downtown Oakland into the morning. Streets were closed off by police barricades, and at least two helicopters were in the air shining lights down. Dozens of officers were on the streets, and police in riot gear were seen facing off with shouting protesters, who briefly blocked traffic on a busy thoroughfare.

Police also cleared a smaller encampment from a park near the plaza on Tuesday morning.

City officials had originally been supportive of the protesters, with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan saying that sometimes “democracy is messy.”
But the city later warned the protesters that they were breaking the law and could not stay in the encampment overnight.

Wall Street protest plans global rally before G20

Oct. 24, 2011
By Michelle Nichols

(Reuters) – An activist group that sparked the Occupy Wall Street movement has called for global protests on Saturday to demand G20 leaders impose a “Robin Hood” tax on financial transactions and currency trades.

Canada-based Adbusters wants the Occupy Wall Street protest movement against economic inequality to take to the streets to call for a 1 percent tax on such deals ahead of a November 3-4 summit of the Group of 20 leading economies in France.

“Let’s send them a clear message: We want you to slow down some of that $1.3 trillion easy money that’s sloshing around the global casino each day — enough cash to fund every social program and environmental initiative in the world,” the activist group said on its website, www.adbusters.org.

Adbusters put out the initial call for Occupy Wall Street and since protesters set up camp in a park in New York City’s financial district on September 17, they have inspired solidarity demonstrations and so-called occupations around the world.

Thousands turned out for a global day of protests on October 15, which were mostly peaceful apart from in Rome, where there were riots.

Occupy Arrests, a Twitter feed compiling arrests related to Occupy Wall Street, said that since the movement began five weeks ago, nearly 2,400 people have been arrested around the world, including in New York City.

Occupy Wall Street prides itself on not having any leaders and doing everything by consensus at daily general assemblies. Adbusters has asked protesters to approve its plan for a “Robin Hood” tax and global protests at their general assemblies.

The proposal by Adbusters comes as some people question whether the movement can sustain momentum and ask what will happen next. Critics accuse the group of not having a clear message.

“As the movement matures, let’s consider a response to our critics. Let’s occupy the core of our global system. Let’s dethrone the greed that defines this new century,” Adbusters said on its website.

Full Article Here – http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/10/24/uk-protests-wallstreet-g-idUKTRE79N7FV20111024 

Syria ‘using hospitals for torture’ – Amnesty

BBC News
Oct. 25, 2011

Patients in government-run hospitals in Syria are being tortured in an attempt to suppress dissent, an Amnesty International report alleges.

The 39-page report claims patients in at least four state hospitals have been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, including by medical staff.

Many injured civilians consider it safer not going to hospital, it says.

Syrian authorities have denied torturing opponents of the government.

Anti-government protests, which first broke out in March, have continued despite President Bashar al-Assad’s attempts to stifle them.

The UN says more than 3,000 people have died in seven months of unrest, which Syria has blamed on “terrorists” and “armed gangs”.

International journalists face severe restrictions on reporting in Syria, and it is hard to verify reports.

Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa researcher Cilina Nasser said Syrian authorities appeared to have “given security forces a free rein in hospitals”.

“In many cases hospital staff appear to have taken part in torture and ill treatment of the very people they are supposed to care for,” she said in a statement.

Full Article Here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15433916?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

We bail out banks, but not desperate students

Chicago Sun-Times
Oct. 24, 2011
By Jesse Jackson

The sign at the Occupy Wall Street demonstration revealed the struggles of America’s young: “A B.A., $30,000 in student debt and no job.” Young people are graduating from college into the worst jobs market since the 1930s while carrying record levels of student debt. The sad truth of Occupy Wall Street is that for many of the young activists, Wall Street occupied them first.
Students are borrowing twice what they did a decade ago, even adjusting for inflation. Debt has doubled in just five years. Student debt is likely to exceed $1 trillion over the next year.
As states cut back on college support and grants, college tuitions have risen faster than the cost of homes, health care or energy. Americans believe a college education is key to their children’s future, so more and more borrow what they can.

Students are now graduating with average debts of over $24,000. When I speak to families in mining towns in Appalachia, I ask how many have lost a job, how many face foreclosure, how many face costly medical bills. Many hands go up. But when I ask how many worry about student loans, the biggest portion of the audience stands up. It is working families — families stretching to give their children the chance that they never had — who are taking on the greatest debt and are at the greatest risk.
The banking industry has used its clout to make these loans the harshest of all debt. They survive bankruptcy. The lenders have broad collection powers, far greater than with a mortgage or a credit card. They can garnish wages or even Social Security payments. When payments are missed, penalties are brutal. Students who graduate and then lose their job suddenly find themselves owing twice what they signed up for.
The debt constricts normal life events. Students must put off moving out from their parents’ home, buying a car or saving for a home or retirement. They delay getting married or having children.
Defaults have soared. In 2008, more than 238,000 defaulted on their loans. The number of loans that went into forbearance or deferment (when borrowers receive temporary relief from payments) rose to 22 percent in 2007. 

Occupy Army, Marines, Air Force, Navy, Police, to provide OWS Convoy Escort

Daily Kos
Oct. 24, 2011
By Roger Fox

Apparently spurred by the shoutdown delivered by Marine Veteran Sgt Shamar Thomas to NYPD officers in Times Square, more military Occupy groups have been started. The Veracity of the these organizations may be questionable at this moment, but what can’t be questioned is the growth of the Occupy Movement, and its ability to attract Military Veterans, Active duty as well as retired and current Police Officers.

Last night I reported on the organizing of OccupyMarines and Occupy_Police, with websites and twitter information. 24 hours later its clear that motivated by the Marine effort an Occupy Army facebook page was created, throwing a friendly jab at the OccupyMarines:

Time for us to open our eyes. Time for us to get in this fight, we can’t let our Marine brothers get all the glory. Our Marine brothers have started this so let’s back them up!

The Occupy Navy Facebook page says:

Occupy Navy is here to support the OccupyMarines effort….

Ironically that mirrors the Navy’s traditional role of transporting the Marines. Occupy Air Force jumps onboard:

We are just getting going in our support of Occupy Marines… Please share this page, Occupy Navy, Occupy Army, and of course, Occupy Marines if you haven’t. We aren’t going to start our own press, we are just trying to help unify the Armed Forces for a push… and the Marines, have taken the lead. We will support them!

Dispensing with the cheerleading here is a listing of facebook pages, twitter accounts and websites.


No Website

Air Force
No Website

Facebook Occupy Army Supports OWS


Full Article Here – http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/24/1029667/-Occupy-Army,-Marines,-Air-Force,-Navy,-Police,-to-provide-OWS-Convoy-Escort

Occupy Cleveland granted new permit for Public Square protests

Oct. 24, 2011
By: Jen Steer

CLEVELAND – The protesting group known as Occupy Cleveland has a new permit for Public Square.

The protest, which is part of a nationwide movement against big business and corporate greed, had spent weeks living in small tents in downtown Cleveland. Eleven protestors were arrested Friday when the group’s “green space” permit expired and some people refused to leave.

Occupy Cleveland was granted a new permit on Monday, which gives them half of the space they had before, according to Occupy Cleveland organizers.

“#OccupyCleveland is will to compromise without reason, however the original permitted 120-foot sidewalk space quickly became inadequate for the movement, and was the impetus for the group’s attempt to move to a quadrant of Public Square,” the group said in a news release on Monday.

“#OccupyCleveland will continue to engage in peaceful, civil disobedience demanding a permanent home as reclaimed democratic space where the movement can develop and grow.”

23 Arrested After Occupy Dallas Protest at Chase

NBC News Dallas-Fort Worth
Oct. 24, 2011
By Frank Heinz

Nearly two dozen Occupy Dallas protestors were arrested after a demonstration outside of Chase Tower and a Chase Bank branch in downtown Dallas Monday afternoon.
At about 2:15 p.m., NBC 5 got word that protestors were said to be blocking customers from entering the Chase bank at Main and Akard in downtown Dallas.
Dallas police were called to the branch, as well as Chase Tower, and the protestors were asked to leave. Dallas officers informed the protestors at the bank branch that none of them would be arrested if they complied with the criminal trespass warning and vacated the property.

Many of the protestors refused to leave and, as a result, the Dallas Police Department arrested 23 people for criminal trespass.

Shortly before 4 p.m., on their Facebook page, the organization relayed information to supporters about moving the protests to Lew Sterrett Justice Center to protest the arrests. 
NBC 5 crews say around 30 protestors are stationed around the Justice Center, waiting for the arrested protestors to be released.
A Dallas detective says the process is being delayed in the jail, due to some protestors not identitifying themselves with the correct name. Those individuals are being fingerprinted to have their information checked against state databases.
Video of the arrests was published to YouTube shortly after 3 p.m.

Full Article Here – http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/132482553.html

Anonymous’ vows to ‘destroy’ Fox News website on Nov. 5th

Raw Story
Oct. 24, 2011
By Stephen C. Webster

In a video statement carried recently by several official channels maintained by members of the hacker activist group “Anonymous,” a digitally generated voice explains that the online collective has decided to take down the Fox News website on Nov. 5th of this year.

The date, Nov. 5, is significant for its dramatic placement in the film and comic book “V for Vendetta,” about a freedom-loving terrorist who destroys an authoritarian government that’s come to power in the U.K. “Remember, remember the 5th of November,” is his saying, hearkening back to the “Gunpowder plot” of 1604, in which the terrorist Guy Fawkes was captured and executed for his attempt to blow up Parliament.

The mask used by the Guy Fawkes character in “V for Vendetta” has also become a ubiquitous symbol for “Anonymous.”

To mark this 5th of November, the latest “Anonymous” video points to the network’s “continued propaganda against the occupations” as reason for vowing to “destroy the Fox News website.”

“Since they will not stop ridiculing the occupiers, we will simply shut them down,” the digitized voice explains, adding that an Anonymous-driven “propaganda campaign” against Fox News would follow.

“Fox News, your time has come,” it concludes. “Operation Fox Hunt. November 5th. May the hunt begin.”

Another ongoing “operation,” called “Operation Cashback,” is encouraging people to move their money from large banks to local credit unions.

Full Article Here – http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/10/24/anonymous-vows-to-destroy-fox-news-website-on-nov-5th/ 

Under pressure to make arrests, police and troopers push back R

Times Union
Oct. 24, 2011 

ALBANY — In a tense battle of wills, state troopers and Albany police held off making arrests of dozens of protesters near the Capitol over the weekend even as Albany’s mayor, under pressure from Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s administration, had urged his police chief to enforce a city curfew.

The situation intensified late Friday evening when Jennings, who has cultivated a strong relationship with Cuomo, directed his department to arrest protesters who refused to leave the city-owned portion of a large park that’s across Washington Avenue from the Capitol and City Hall.

At the Capitol, in anticipation of possibly dozens of arrests, a State Police civil disturbance unit was quietly activated, according to officials briefed on the matter but not authorized to comment publicly. But as the curfew neared, the group of protesters estimated at several hundred moved across an invisible line in the park from state land onto city property.

“We were ready to make arrests if needed, but these people complied with our orders,” a State Police official said. However, he added that State Police supported the defiant posture of Albany police leaders to hold off making arrests for the low-level offense of trespassing, in part because of concern it could incite a riot or draw thousands of protesters in a backlash that could endanger police and the public.

“We don’t have those resources, and these people were not causing trouble,” the official said. “The bottom line is the police know policing, not the governor and not the mayor.”

A city police source said his department also was reluctant to damage what he considers to be good community relations that have taken years to rebuild. In addition, the crowd included elderly people and many others who brought their children with them.

“There was a lot of discussion about how it would look if we started pulling people away from their kids and arresting them … and then what do we do with the children?” one officer said.

Around midnight Friday, police leaders reported that the protesters were confined to city sidewalks and therefore they were not in violation of the city’s curfew governing park land. But in truth, the protesters had set up tents in the park and several dozen slept there.

Meanwhile, Albany County District Attorney David Soares on Sunday said that over the weekend he had conversations with Jennings, Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff and State Police officials about his concerns regarding prosecution of “peaceful protesters.”

Soares said protests at the state Capitol are common, and historically anyone arrested for trespassing generally faces a low-level charge that’s later dismissed.

“Our official policy with peaceful protesters is that unless there is property damage or injuries to law enforcement, we don’t prosecute people protesting,” Soares said. “If law enforcement engaged in a pre-emptive strike and started arresting people I believe it would lead to calamitous results, and the people protesting so far are peaceful.”