Occupy Wall Street

Protesting Wall Street
9:50 am
Thu October 6, 2011

'Occupy Seattle' arrests hit 25; protesters still occupy Westlake Park

A much-diminished group of protesters stuck it out Thursday, a day after 25 protesters were arrested and all their tents removed from Westlake Park.
Jonathan Klapel KPLU

Occupy Seattle demonstrators vow to press on, despite yesterday's arrests of 25 protesters who refused to remove their tents from a downtown Seattle park.

Early Thursday morning roughly 30 people were in their sleeping bags huddled under awnings of businesses that boarder the east side of Westlake Park. By noon there were roughly that many protesters still in the park.

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Protesting Wall Street
4:10 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Gets Union Backing; Approval Rating Tops Congress

Occupy Wall Street protesters join a labor union rally in New York's Foley Square on Wednesday.

Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 1:02 am

Occupy Wall Street is getting a shot in the arm, as some of America's largest unions have announced that they're now supporting the movement. The gain in momentum comes as off-shoots of the original Manhattan group plan marches and protests around the nation.

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Protesting Wall Street
2:45 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Update: Police arrest at least 20 Occupy Seattle protestors

For the latest updates on this story see: 'Occupy Seattle' arrests hit 25; protesters still occupy Westlake Park

Police have arrested around 20 demonstrators who refused to remove their tents from Westlake Park in downtown Seattle, according to the Associated Press. Demonstrators tussled with officers as they made a last stand, attempting to block police from removing a few tents left at the park.

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Protesting Wall Street
11:31 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Occupy movement spreads, including to some unlikely Northwest places

It may have started in New York, but now the Occupy movement is reaching to cities around the world and even starting up in small Northwest towns.

"Spokane, Seattle, Auburn, Portland, Salem, Yakima..."

That's Jason Caryl of Pasco. And those are just a few of the places that have started up their own Occupy movements in the Northwest. Others you might not expect are: Occupy Seaside, Oregon and Occupy Idaho Falls.

The movement has been mostly organized on Facebook and Twitter. It has been criticized for being too loose, with no clear message or demands.

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Protesting Wall Street
11:05 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Mayor Mike McGinn's statement on Westlake Park protest

I support the efforts of the protestors at Westlake Park to address this country’s economic situation. In my budget speech last week, I stated:

"We are facing unprecedented inequality in this country. It is always true that bad times are harder on the poor. But we have not seen income inequality this great since 1928, the year before the Great Depression started. The top 1% control 34% of the nation's wealth. The top 10% control 2/3rds of the nation's wealth. It is an unprecedented grab by the most powerful to get a bigger share of a shrinking pie."

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Protesting Wall Street
6:36 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Update: Occupy Seattle organizer will 'absolutely' stay in park, defying mayor

Members of Occupy Seattle on Monday afternoon.
Jake Ellison KPLU

For continuous updates throughout Wedensday see this story.

 

One of the early organizers of the "Occupy Seattle" protest and camp still in place in downtown Seattle says he will "absolutely" stay in Westlake Park.

Yesterday afternoon, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn told “Occupy Seattle” to take down their tents and leave the park during the night when it and other Seattle parks are normally closed to the public.

"I have a moral obligation to stay," said Pete Whipple, one of the organizers who has been staying in the park since Friday. "I don't see how I can leave now."

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