Occupy's Next Targets: Bush, Clinton

And more Occupy developments across the globe
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2011 7:58 AM CDT
Former US President Bill Clinton speaks alongside Haitian President Rene Preval (R) and former US president George W. Bush in Port-au-Prince on March 22, 2010.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Not even Bill Clinton is safe from the ire of the Occupy movement. Occupy Surrey protests are expected near Vancouver today outside an economic summit featuring Clinton and George W. Bush, CNN reports. (Yep, this is the visit during which Amnesty International would like Canadian authorities to arrest Bush.) Elsewhere in the Occupied world:

  • Los Angeles: Occupiers are damaging the City Hall lawn where they’re camped, the LA Times reports. The city has already forked over $45,000 in demonstration-related expenses, and repairing the lawn could cost up to $400,000. Meanwhile, the protests are growing and organizers are looking at places to expand.
  • Seattle: The city has ponied up $104,869 in overtime pay so far, the Seattle Times reports.
  • London: Across the pond, protesters are also costing St. Paul’s Cathedral, where about 180 tents are pitched. Visitors’ donations and gift shop sales are down, and the cathedral has asked protesters to move, the Telegraph reports.

  • Cleveland: The Occupiers here will also likely be asked to leave Public Square when their permits start expiring tomorrow, but organizers say protesters aren’t going anywhere for at least the rest of the year, the Plain Dealer reports. However, “the porta-Johns will be gone by 6am Saturday,” says a city official.
  • North Korea: First the Nazis expressed support, and now North Korea lauds the demonstrators for protesting a capitalist system that “brings exploitation, oppression, unemployment, and poverty to the popular masses,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
  • Muncie: Who says you have to be a big city to get Occupied? Muncie, Indiana, joined up yesterday, the Star Press reports. Several dozen protesters marched from Ball State University to the downtown spot they will occupy.

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