Latest Occupy Arrests: Atlanta, Honolulu

Bids to occupy parks don't go over so well
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2011 9:10 AM CST
Protestor Austin Gallagher, top, climbs a tree to hide from police patrolling the park looking to arrest Occupy Atlanta protestors staying past the 11pm closing time late Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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(Newser) – Occupy protesters were arrested from sea to shining sea late yesterday. In both Atlanta and Honolulu, decisions to occupy parks led to fiery confrontations. Occupy Honolulu announced plans yesterday to strike an encampment in the city's Thomas Square; about 40 people were there when police arrived after the park's 10pm closing time, and about half a dozen were ultimately arrested. The Star-Advertiser indicates that the group knew that might be the outcome: In a release sent to the media yesterday, they urged supporters to call the Honolulu PD and "ask for our release and request vegan meals for those who need them" in the event of arrests.

The AP notes that the group said that in addition to backing the national movement, it stood "in solidarity" with the homeless, who it says are being removed from parks as the city preps to host APEC meetings this week. And on the other coast, another park-fueled clash: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that about 150 people vowed to stay in Woodruff Park after closing time. But the group did start to leave the park after 11pm—one protester says they decided to save the city money by staving off arrests—but chaos broke out after an incident involving a policeman on a motorcycle. The AP reports he drove into the crowd; the Journal-Constitution says he nearly ran over a protester. A shouting match began, and about 20 were ultimately arrested. And back in Zuccotti Park, the New York Post reports that a protester was busted... after a meltdown in a McDonald's....

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