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Latest developments in the global Occupy protests

Some of the latest developments in the Occupy protests taking place in cities across the world:
/ Source: The Associated Press

Some of the latest developments in the Occupy protests taking place in cities across the world:


A 24-year-old Canadian was taken into police custody after he scaled a 40-foot-tall steel sculpture near the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York City.

Dylan Spoelstra of Toronto climbed up into the reddish orange structure at about 6 a.m. Saturday near Zuccotti Park, and said he wasn't coming down until Mayor Michael Bloomberg resigned.

Police negotiated with him for more than two hours before he voluntarily came down at about 9:15 a.m.

Police officials said he was to be taken to a city hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. It's not clear whether he will face criminal charges.

A number of other demonstrators expressed displeasure over the stunt, saying it was an unfortunate distraction and would give people another excuse not to take the group seriously.


Hundreds of protesters defiantly remained at their campsite outside Oakland's City Hall early Saturday, despite a city order to vacate.

As the 10 p.m. time of the city's ultimatum passed Friday night, Occupy Oakland demonstrators showed no signs of departing as music blasted from the plaza. More protesters arrived with tents as midnight approached.

Earlier, city spokeswoman Karen Boyd said that Oakland gave official notice that the protesters do not have permission to remain overnight and that their encampment is breaking the law. There was no indication of significant police presence early Saturday.

Boyd says that protesters can legally demonstrate at the plaza from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Albuquerque police subdued a 48-year-old man who lunged with a knife at a group of protesters gathered Friday evening near the University of New Mexico in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

About 100 people were in the area when Miguel Aguirre pulled out a knife and attempted to stab several protesters, Sgt. Patrick Ficke said. No one was injured.

Police said protesters felt threatened when Aguirre held a knife with a 6- to 8-inch blade and asked, "Who wants to be first?"

Aguirre told investigators that he had been on a drinking binge for days and that he felt protesters had no right to be on university property. He told police he didn't remember pulling a knife on protesters.

Police said Aguirre will be charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon, refusing to obey a police and other charges.

It's unclear whether Aguirre has an attorney. He was in police custody Friday night.


Two people have gotten married in the midst of Detroit's version of Occupy Wall Street.

Occupy Detroit spokesman Lee Gaddies said Stan Guarnelo and Brook West wed Saturday afternoon in Grand Circus Park, where protesters have gathered since Oct. 14.

The Detroit-area newlyweds have not been "occupiers" but felt solidarity with the movement, Gaddies said.


About 4,000 people took to the streets in Frankfurt on Saturday to protest the banks' dominance in what is continental Europe's financial hub, police said. Organizers put the turnout at 6,000.

Several hundred protesters criticizing banks and capitalism as a whole also took to the streets in Berlin, where about 4,000 had turned out last Saturday.