It might not have been the best 24 hours the Occupy Wall Street movement has ever seen, as Mother Nature turned on those camped in Zuccotti Park and police in Portland rounded up about 30 Occupiers overnight. The Oregon arrests occurred in tony Pearl District, notes the AP, with some of the affluent residents the Occupiers were protesting looking on from balconies as police rounded them up into vans. Elsewhere, as per the AP:
- In Tennessee, protesters gathered at a Nashville plaza in defiance of a curfew for a third straight night, but the AP notes that this time none were arrested—perhaps because a judge yesterday tossed the arrest warrants for the second straight day. "I got for the first time a glimpse of hope," said one protester.
- In Denver, police in riot gear arrested 15 protesters yesterday amid a flurry of pepper spray. While most were peaceful, a police spokesman blamed "a die-hard group that didn't want to cooperate."
- In San Francisco, more than 1,000 protesters dressed as bankers and Robin Hoods, and egged on by Michael Moore, marched through the streets in peaceful protests.
- In Oakland, protests were more tense as Occupiers railed against police brutality in the wake of Iraq War vet Scott Olsen's head injury.
- In Boston, Mayor Thomas Menino urged protesters to leave during the snowstorm. About 200 stayed on. if Oakland and Denver can make it through tear gas and rubber bullets, we can make it through a little snow and sleet," said a protester.
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