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Occupy camps in Maine

Occupy DC camp raided by police

By The Washington Post on Feb. 05, 2012, at 8:25 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Seven protesters were arrested Saturday after a pre-dawn raid on the Occupy D.C. camp, with dozens of police clearing away tents, urine-soaked bedding and dead rodents. U.S. Park Police on horseback and on foot with riot gear swept into McPherson Square just after 5:30 a.m. As a helicopter …

OccupyMaine goes to court to remain in Lincoln Park

The Associated Press on Jan. 24, 2012, at 10:47 a.m.
PORTLAND | OccupyMaine demonstrators who’ve camped out in Portland’s Lincoln Park since October are making their case to a state judge. Oral arguments and testimony began Tuesday in Cumberland County Superior Court, where the group is trying to prevent its removal from the park. Members testified that the park …

Judge to decide within 48 hours whether Occupy Augusta vigil may continue

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 05, 2011, at 5:24 a.m.
BANGOR | Members of Occupy Augusta will know within 48 hours whether they will be able to camp legally overnight in Capitol Park to protest corporate influence on government. U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen said Monday at the end of a 90-minute hearing that she would issue a decision …
John Schreiber holds a sign supporting OccupyMaine on Thursday afternoon in Monument Square.

OccupyMaine overwinter request fails to impress public safety board

By Paul Koenig, Special to the BDN on Dec. 02, 2011, at 12:39 a.m.
PORTLAND | All three members of the Public Safety Committee opposed a permit proposal by OccupyMaine that would allow the group to stay in Lincoln Park for six months and recommended against changing any city ordinances involving the use of public parks. After a five-hour meeting that included presentations …

Occupy camp in Portland formally requests permit to stay in Lincoln Park

The Associated Press on Nov. 29, 2011, at 11:15 a.m.
Wall Street protesters who have been camping in Lincoln Park since Oct. 3 have met a demand by the city of Portland to apply for a permit. OccupyMaine delivered the petition to the city shortly after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. It seeks to keep the encampment open for …
Jonah Fertig goes over the agenda for a meeting Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, among OccupyMaine activists. The goal of the meeting was for the group to decide what steps it will take next in terms of remaining at Lincoln Park.

As towns clamp down, embattled Occupy encampments in Maine consider next moves

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 27, 2011, at 8:38 p.m.
PORTLAND | Three Occupy encampments in Maine spent the weekend deciding their future in light of pressure from officials in Portland, Augusta and Bangor for the activists to either move on or obey a slew of rules. In Augusta, where most participants spent Sunday packing up their encampment at …

Occupy Philly protesters outlast deadline to dismantle

From wire reports on Nov. 27, 2011, at 7:37 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — A deadline set by the city for Occupy Philadelphia to leave the plaza it has occupied for some two months came and went without scuffles or arrests as police watched nearly 50 demonstrators lock arms and sit at the entrance of Dilworth Plaza. Occupy Philadelphia has managed to …
Protesters are arrested on the lawn of the Blaine House during a rally by Occupy Augusta, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in Augusta. Police say eight people were charged with criminal trespass and failure to disperse after refusing to leave the lawn of the governor's mansion.

9 Occupy members arrested after jumping fence to governor’s mansion

By William Davis on Nov. 27, 2011, at 2:43 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Nine members of the Occupy Augusta movement were arrested Sunday after a group of people jumped the fence surrounding the Blaine House and unfurled a banner that read “End corporate rule now” on the portico. The arrests are the first in Maine in connection with official Occupy …

We are … the 1 percent that pays all those taxes

By Frank Bass, Bloomberg News on Nov. 27, 2011, at 7:33 a.m.
The $16.5 billion paid in the nine ZIP codes would be enough to buy a controlling interest in General Motors.
At an Occupy Brunswick event on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, about 40 people marched down Maine Street and spent an hour waving signs in front of the local Bank of America branch.

Occupy activists protest at Brunswick Bank of America

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 26, 2011, at 4:48 p.m.
Protesters identifying themselves with the nationwide Occupy movement assembled in front of Bank of America’s Brunswick branch Saturday to continue what is now a months-long outcry against the gap between the rich and the rest of the population. The Occupy movement here is different from other towns …

Occupy Augusta group told to get permit or move

The Associated Press on Nov. 26, 2011, at 3:55 p.m.
Occupy Augusta protesters have been told to get a permit or move their tents out of the state-owned Capitol Park. Capitol Police have allowed the protesters to stay in the park near the State House since Oct. 15 out of respect for their rights. But Capitol Police …

Several arrests recorded near OccupyMaine site as group ponders its future

By Seth Koenig on Nov. 25, 2011, at 2:15 p.m.
PORTLAND | An Athens man who last week allegedly attacked somebody who visited the OccupyMaine encampment to voice opposition to the group was one of several individuals booked Friday morning at Cumberland County Jail charged with crimes near the demonstration site. The burst of post-Thanksgiving arrests in the area …
The OccupyMaine Thanksgiving dinner consisted of half a dozen turkeys and many kinds of mashed potatoes and pie.

Occupy Thanksgiving: Protesters ‘taken care of’ by Mainers

By Dawn Gagnon and William Davis on Nov. 24, 2011, at 6:52 p.m.
PORTLAND | OccupyMaine protesters dug peacefully into their donated Thanksgiving turkeys here Thursday while their counterparts with Occupy Wall Street in New York City nearly clashed with police before finishing off their holiday meals. About 500 protesters were digging into donated turkey and all the trimmings when police told …

Occupy protests cost nation’s cities at least $13 million

By MEGHAN BARR and RYAN J. FOLEY, The Associated Press on Nov. 23, 2011, at 4:42 p.m.
NEW YORK — During the first two months of the nationwide Occupy protests, the movement that is demanding more out of the wealthiest Americans cost local taxpayers at least $13 million in police overtime and other municipal services, according to a survey by The Associated Press. The heaviest financial burden …

OccupyMaine activists in Augusta prepare for turkey dinner

By Glenn Adams, The Associated Press on Nov. 23, 2011, at 2:44 p.m.
At the snowy Occupy encampment in Maine’s capital, it’ll be turkey dinner as usual on Thanksgiving, but the activists say they’ll be surrounded by new families. Activists at the Capitol Park site, where temperatures were in the high 20s and nearly 10 inches of fresh snow was …
Jim Frye of Bangor closes the tie-back door on a tent that was erected Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, and that he and others slept in overnight. He said he and other Occupy Bangor participants held a gathering at Peirce Park into the early hours of  Monday morning.

Event or assembly, city says Occupy Bangor must work with it

By Andrew Neff on Nov. 22, 2011, at 10:08 p.m.
While still working to file a temporary restraining order request against the city, Occupy Bangor members attended a public workshop with city councilors and staff members Tuesday night. The workshop was called to clarify ordinances and legal language and offer a forum for both city officials and …
Occupy Bangor's makeshift tarp tent (right), as well as another tent (foreground, left) remained in Peirce Park on Monday morning, Nov. 21, 2011. The tents were erected Sunday, and one in the foreground was occupied overnight by four participants as a First Amendment protest against city officials' request that the group remove all structures from the site by late Sunday.

Occupy Bangor members preparing restraining order against city

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 22, 2011, at 12:31 p.m.
Members of Occupy Bangor are working on a temporary restraining order against the city they hope to file tomorrow or in the near future, volunteer Logan Perkins of Eddington said Tuesday. “Things have moved forward but we’re not ready to file,” she said. “It’s still on the …

New York man arrested at OccupyMaine encampment

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 22, 2011, at 10:25 a.m.
PORTLAND | A New York man who had outstanding warrants out of that state was arrested over the weekend at the OccupyMaine encampment at Lincoln Park, police said Tuesday. Robert Fecu, 26, of Brooklyn is currently being held at the Cumberland County Jail on $500 cash bail after a …

Hundreds of UC Davis students protest pepper-spraying by police

By From wire service reports on Nov. 21, 2011, at 8:12 p.m.
DAVIS, Calif. — Hundreds of students and faculty members at the University of California, Davis gathered Monday in the campus quad to protest the use of pepper spray on students by university police last week. The police on Friday sprayed a group of students who were sitting down in a …
Standing in Peirce Park, Chris DesRoches, a spokesperson with Occupy Bangor, surveys the group's encampment on the grounds of Bangor Public Library on Monday morning, Nov. 21, 2011.

May we Occupy, please? Bangor dispute highlights problems other camps might encounter

By Andrew Neff on Nov. 21, 2011, at 6:47 p.m.
Occupy protesters in Bangor, Aroostook County, Portland and Augusta all are readying themselves for a long winter’s stay as the municipal rules governing their occupations — and cold temperatures — increase. They’re also brushing up on their knowledge of municipal regulations, and so are community officials. One …