Monday, November 14, 2011

Updates 11/14/11

Good morning everyone.

I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend.

Here is your news for today:

-- Occupy Richmond has given the city a deadline. If the city does not give permission for 24 hour peaceful assembly by 5pm today, they will set up camp next door to the mayor's home.

-- 8 Occupiers were arrested in Chapel Hill, NC, yesterday. They were charged with breaking and entering for occupying a vacant car dealership. People outside the building were forced to put their faces on the ground, while those inside were arrested. One of the people outside forced to the ground and handcuffed was a newspaper staff writer who was covering the story.

-- Occupy Detroit's permit expires today, and they are planning on moving to a long term site. The are asking for a two week extension to be able to do so. If the extension is declined, demonstrators say they will engage in civil disobedience.

-- Occupy Tuscon is in court today, fighting for their right to peaceably assemble. Hundreds of citations have been issued to Occupiers so far.

-- Occupy Worcester has moved from Lake Park to Lincoln Square after their permit expired. They were warned to stay off the grass, not to block sidewalks, not to sleep, and to keep moving. A legal adviser argued that the Supreme Court had decided protesters did not have to keep moving, as long as they were not blocking sidewalks.

-- The city of Toronto received an interesting threat yesterday. Anonymous released a video warning the city of Toronto that the hacktivists support Occupy Toronto, and that if the city tries to force them out of the park, Anonymous will "remove" the city and mayor from the internet. The city says this changes nothing, and they will still ask protesters to leave.

-- In Auckland, the city is preparing to issue a trespass notice to Occupiers because they will not vacate a public square. The Auckland council is concerned that the occurrences in Dunedin will happen there. In Dunedin, police have refused to enforce a city council trespass notice, citing the Bill of Rights. The Dunedin mayor says he is "annoyed."

-- Occupy Tulsa is back to being arrested again. 6 protesters were taken into custody, and 4 were ticketed last night as a police helicopter flew overhead. One of the protesters who accepted a ticket rather that being arrested, expressed his First Amendment rights to the police while he burned the citation in front of them.

-- Scott Olsen has made his first public announcement since his injury. On Google Plus, he wrote "I'm feeling a lot better, with a long road in front of me. After my freedom of speech was quite literally taken from me, my speech is coming back, but I've got a lot of work to do with rehab. Thank you for all of your support, it has meant the world to me. You'll be hearing more from me in the near future, and soon enough we'll see you in our streets!"

-- A man was stabbed at the Occupy Orlando encampment, but he was not part of the movement, and neither was the man who stabbed him. There was an altercation near the encampment of two men who were just hanging around, but Occupy Orlando provided medical care and sent him to the hospital.

-- Over 50 protesters were arrested at Occupy Portland just before noon on Sunday. The night before, police had gone to move in, but found thousands of people gathered. After the arrests, the number of protesters swelled. Police say they did not use any tear gas, rubber bullets, or other so-called non-lethal weapons.

-- Occupy Atlanta is confronting police over inhumane removal of homeless people from the streets. They say there is a ledge where homeless sleep to stay warm, as a vent blows warm air on them there, but that police regularly forcibly remove these people who have fallen on hard times.

-- 13 more people were arrested at Occupy Albany last night. The district attorney says the charges will be dropped when protesters come to court next week.

-- Police are saying two officers were attacked over the weekend in San Francisco during an Occupy march. One officer was slashed with a penknife or razor blade, while the other was injured in a scuffle. Both attackers disappeared into the crowd before they could be apprehended.

-- Occupy Denver had another fight with police yesterday. 3 protesters were arrested, and 2 police officers were injured. One officer twisted his knee, while the other was hit in the head. A police spokesperson blames the injuries on a small group of protesters, saying this is an isolated group that wants to be aggressive.

-- 6 more Occupiers were arrested early this morning in Fresno. One man was tackled to the ground by police, and other protesters say there was no need for that. Police are saying the man was uncooperative.

-- Occupy Vancouver may be losing power. The city has said they may cut off all power supplies to the protesters to encourage them to leave their encampment.

Live now: -- Police in Oakland have surrounded more than 500 protesters this morning, but there is no word on mass arrests at this time. News is sporadic. As I am writing this, Bart stations near the area have closed, and helicopters are flying overhead. Police have begun to make arrests.

Keep an eye on Oakland, folks. That's all I have for today. Many blogs and news stories are saying that there is only a matter of time before things will get violent... I don't know what to think about that, other than it won't be the protesters who start anything. It rarely is.


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P.S. (Editor's Opinion) Frank Miller is an idiot now, apparently.

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