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Occupy movement thread that is not a joke title because it's getting confusing
Today is November 17th, or N17, aka The Occupy movement tries to step it up a notch with coordinated marches & rallies.
New York City-
People were being checked for work IDs to be allowed into the subways, and press passes were still being turned away from Zuccotti Park due to police declaring it a "frozen zone". Worst injury so far, a kid was either kicking or moving a barricade, so he caught some club action to the head. I'd post a pic, but it's super bloody. As of 12:40pm (I'm guessing Eastern time) estimate was 200+ already arrested.
In Portland, protesters traveled from bank to bank.
As many as 10 arrests were made when N17 protesters went inside a Wells Fargo bank building in downtown Portland today as part of Occupy Portland and N17 demonstrations.
Protesters were seen lowering an American flag and then raising it upside down. They also raised an Occupy the Banks flag. Once police made the arrests, the group marched on, and continued to other banks.
A sign at a nearby Bank of America branch says, "Due to circumstances out of our control, we are currently closed."
While the protesters have been disruptive, Portland police Lt. Robert King says there have been no acts of violence so far.
"We've been at this for a month and I think we've become increasingly proficient at managing these large-scale events," King says of the police bureau.
The march downtown followed a sit-in on the Steel Bridge during the morning rush hour where 25 people were arrested.
A rally in Seattle is blocking a major transit area, affecting several bus routes and with some worrying about a highway closure on the 520.
SEATTLE -- Occupy Seattle demonstrators expect to have 1,000 people march to the University Bridge Thursday afternoon as part of a national day of action demanding jobs, not cuts.
The protest will start with a rally at 3 p.m. in the plaza at the corner of Montlake Blvd NE & NE Pacific Street across from Husky Stadium. From there, protesters will march west on NE Pacific Street to the University Bridge.
The demonstrators are expected to block the bridge during the afternoon rush hour, likely causing traffic delays during the evening commute. There are also concerns they may block the Montlake Bridge.
Army defectors in northwestern Syria -- armed with rocket-propelled grenades -- attacked a pro-government youth group office and clashed with Syrian security personnel Thursday, activist groups said.
Security forces also arrested dozens during raids in Harasta, the location of the air intelligence base outside Damascus that was attacked a day earlier by the Free Syrian Army, a band of military defectors confronting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
The developments stoke fears that the violence will spread. The ongoing attacks on government buildings in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday, "look like a civil war."