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Latest Developments in the Global Occupy Movement


(The Blaze/AP) Some of the latest developments in the Occupy protests taking place in cities across the world:



The roommate of an Iraq War veteran seriously injured in a clash with police during an anti-Wall Street protest says Scott Olsen is doing well and doctors say he'll make a full recovery. Keith Shannon served with the 24-year-old former Marine in Iraq.

Shannon tells The Associated Press that he visited Olsen at a medical facility Sunday and says Olsen still can't talk. Olsen suffered a fractured skull and other head injuries during the clash in Oakland. Police are investigating how Olsen was struck by a projectile.


In New York City, an Occupy Wall Street demonstrator videotaped in a police altercation met with prosecutors Monday to discuss the incident. Felix Rivera-Pitre wants prosecutors to bring assault charges against Deputy Inspector Johnny Cardona. Attorney Ronald Kuby said prosecutors indicated the investigation would continue for a few weeks.

Demonstrators are trying to trademark the phrase "Occupy Wall Street." Leaders of the protesters in lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park filed an application Oct. 24 to trademark the name of their movement with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, one of their attorneys said Monday. The filing was a defensive move to make sure other people not affiliated with Occupy Wall Street don't try to use the name, he said. An Arizona-based company and a couple from West Islip, N.Y., also have filed Occupy Wall Street trademark applications.

Upstate, two Occupy Rochester protesters were ticketed Monday for violating city ordinances at a park where 32 demonstrators were rounded up on trespassing charges three nights earlier.

Those were the first arrests in upstate New York's major cities among supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Mayor Thomas Richards said the arrests were designed to prevent confrontations over health and safety concerns that have emerged in other cities around the U.S.


Providence officials said they would not immediately begin legal proceedings against protesters who defied a weekend deadline to dismantle their tents and leave a public park. Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Pare said city lawyers are drawing up a complaint and consulting with a local attorney who has come forward on behalf of the protesters.

But Providence won't follow the actions of other cities where there have been widespread arrests and even clashes with police seeking to clear encampments, Mayor Angel Taveras said.


Police in Richmond cleared out a downtown plaza, ordering out dozens of people who had camped there since Oct. 17 and charging nine with trespassing or obstructing justice. Officers began clearing the park around 1 a.m. Monday, and most of the protesters left peacefully, said police spokesman Gene Lepley.

A bulldozer was called in to clear the plaza of trash, furniture and other items that piled up over two weeks.


Instructors at Seattle Community College are teaching protesters the science of legislative lobbying, as well as the arts of the protest sign and filming to document human rights violations. The classes are scheduled to be held in the plaza at Seattle Central Community College, where the protest is moving.



Graeme Knowles, the Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, says he is resigning following criticism over the church's handling of protests on its grounds. He said Monday that his position has become untenable as criticism of the cathedral has mounted in the press and public opinion.

His resignation leaves the cathedral without a leader and will delay a planned legal action to evict the protest camp.

Last week, Giles Fraser, a senior St. Paul's Cathedral priest who had welcomed the anti-capitalist demonstrators to camp outside the landmark, also resigned. He said he did so because he feared moves to evict the protesters could end in violence.

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