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Monday
Nov142011

Occupy Crackdown: Beginning of the End for Protests?

KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The tension is mounting outside Oakland's City Hall after police issued three eviction notices to anti-Wall Street protesters over the weekend, telling demonstrators they do not have the right to camp overnight.

Still, 150 tents remained Sunday in Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Though authorities have not said when or if they plan to raid the encampment, protesters are bracing for a possible crackdown.

Oakland police issued similar warnings to Occupy Oakland before raiding the campsite on Oct. 25.  More than 80 protesters were arrested and the clashes turned violent.  Police used tear gas and bean bags, seriously injuring an Iraq war veteran in the process.  He was reportedly released from the hospital, but his friends say he still has trouble speaking.

But the movement that garnered support around the country is now facing backlash from city governments nationwide.  Police in many cities say they have run out of patience, and officials are raising concerns about what they call unsanitary conditions and a growing number of crimes at some camps.

Over the weekend in Philadelphia, police arrested a man after a woman was dragged into a tent and sexually assaulted.  At Occupy Albany, N.Y., police arrested dozens of campers for defying a curfew.  And in Salt Lake City, police arrested 19 people for refusing to leave a park one day after a man was found dead in his tent.

The largest clashes over the weekend occurred Saturday overnight in Portland, Ore., where there was a heated face-off between officers in riot gear and thousands of demonstrators.  Protesters built barricades with wood debris and old furniture to block streets.  Most finally agreed to leave, but police pushed out a few hundred stragglers late Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, at Occupy San Francisco, police say two demonstrators used a sharp object to attack two officers during a march.

In Oakland, Mayor Jean Quan released a statement saying, "While the camping must end, the movement continues."

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Sunday
Nov132011

Woman Raped at Occupy Philadelphia

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- A woman protester at the Occupy Philadelphia encampment at City Hall was raped in a tent, allegedly by a man who had traveled from out of state to join the protest, police said.

The suspect was arrested almost immediately after the alleged attack, and the woman is with the police Special Victims Unit.

The alleged rapist is reported to have been arrested multiple times in connection with a string of armed robberies in Kalamazoo, Mich., officials said.

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