Police nab protesters in Seattle park; Occupy movement hits 1 month

Oct 17, 2011

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Police arrested seven Occupy Seattle demonstrators who refuse to remove their tents Monday from the city's downtown Westlake Park.

Spokesman Mark Jamieson says officers started going through the park at dawn telling campers they had to move their tents so city employees could clean the park. Most campers complied. Those who refused were arrested.

Around the world, protests continue.

Police jailed three men for obstructing an officer and resisting arrest. Police arrested another three men and a woman for obstructing an officer and released them with charges recommended to the city attorney.

Dozens of tents had remained in the park after a weekend of Occupy Seattle demonstrations against corporate power.

In Spokane, members of the Occupy Spokane demonstration say they'll meet with city officials today to determine what permits they need to maintain their camp. KXLY-TV reports the camp kitchen is on land owned by the library, and the city could be responsible if anyone gets hurt.

More than 1,000 people marched over the weekend in Spokane in support of the Occupy Wall Street demonstration against corporate power.

Back in Seattle, dozens of tents remained in the park after a weekend of Occupy Seattle demonstrations against corporate power. The city has tried to persuade demonstrators to move to City Hall Plaza and out of the retail core.

On the national and international front

Monday marks the one-month mark for a movement that started in a small Manhattan park in the shadow of the World Trade Center and a short walk to Wall Street. Across the country in cities large and small, it continues to grow, with crowds numbering in the dozens, the hundreds and the thousands. So far, $300,000 has been donated to the movement. It is being stored in a bank.

Many of the largest of the weekend's protests were in Europe. Activists around the country said the protests energized their movement.

In London, several hundred demonstrators gathered outside St. Paul's cathedral over the weekend as part of the global "Occupy Wall Street" protests and many have stayed on in tents around the cathedral.

The cathedral Dean Graeme Paul Knowles said in a statement Monday that prayer services had continued as normal over the weekend, but the "last few days have not been without various challenges." He says the heavily touristed cathedral's daily life must continue uninterrupted.

Police tried to move protesters away on Sunday but a senior priest, Giles Fraser, said protesters were welcome to stay and asked police officers to move instead.

Diversity issues

The outcry against the nation's financial institutions that's swept the country in recent weeks has crossed many boundaries, including class, gender and age. But a stubborn hurdle in many cities has been a lack of racial inclusion, something noted by organizers and participants alike.

The absence of diversity is particularly notable given that some of the larger issues surrounding the Occupy movement — including the economy, foreclosures and unemployment — are disproportionately affecting people of color.

John Hope Bryant is the founder and chief executive officer of a nonprofit organization that educates low-income Americans about finances. Bryant, who is black, says African-Americans are more inclined to rally around social justice causes, rather than those dealing with financial literacy.