#Occupy movement still strong around the world
Occupy protests spread around the world. Here’s a roundup of the latest stories from some of the most active cities.
The recipient of so much contempt from Occupy Wall Street protesters, the head of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, echoed the concerns of protesters:
“Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in September indicates that economic growth strengthened somewhat in the third quarter, reflecting in part a reversal of the temporary factors that had weighed on growth earlier in the year. Nonetheless, recent indicators point to continuing weakness in overall labor market conditions, and the unemployment rate remains elevated.”
Even so, he offered no additional stimulus.
Reports indicate the number of Americans living in poor neighbourhoods is skyrocketing. Brookings analyses of census data show a mid-sized city’s worth of people has downgraded to impoverished areas — 2.2 million individuals, a 33-percent increase over ten years ago. The report also shows a 40-percent increase in relative poverty in those communities.
A week after police turned teargas on camping protesters, those activists are delivering their strongest action yet, leading a full-blown, general strike, effectively shutting down the city’s port. The discontented group, meanwhile, is fractured into several sub-factions:
Five people are arrested for occupying a Chase bank. Those arrests sparked further unrest, as protesters reportedly banged on the paddy wagon that took the charged to jail. Protesters then disrupted a speech by the bank’s CEO Jamie Dimon at the University of Washington.
Police showed down against Occupy groups in Tulsa, meanwhile, resulting in more arrests. Those detained are charged with violating curfew, which is 11 p.m.. Authorities in that city are on the defensive after a decision to turn pepper spray on the dissenters at an earlier round of arrests.
Here are other developments from Occupy protests around the United States:
Further north, in Canada, those weary about an economy that tramples over the “99 percent” poorest people got further evidence to support their position. New reports show wage increases have been sputtering for more than a year, jobs have been appearing less frequently, and those jobs that do emerge are low paying and just plain undesirable.
The naughty image of a tent city outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, meanwhile, has the big guy turning his back on them this Christmas. Organizers of the Santa Claus Parade in that city, which is sponsored by Canada’s largest cable company, will alter the route, which normally passes in front of the gallery. A bank, which normally sponsors a charitable event in the space is also relocating two blocks away.
On the other side of the Rocky Mountains, efforts to convince Occupy campers to go away go nowhere. One foundation offered outreach and future permanent housing, a gesture that doesn’t do much good since the protesters are mostly not homeless, as the organization assumed. Protesters scoffed at the offer, calling it a band aid, and said deeper, systemic problems need to be corrected.
Here are some more developments related to Occupy protests around the world:
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