Winter, Drugs, and a Wedding at Occupy Protests

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If Occupy Wall Street didn't occupy your weekend, now's your chance to catch up with our round-up of news from the protest in New York and elsewhere. 

In New York, local media played up the occupiers' apparent plans to make their encampment permanent, with AM New York reporting the protesters had ordered twenty new, large tents to go up in Zuccotti Park. The tents violate the rules the park's owner, Brookfield Office Properties, have posted, but protesters say they want communal spaces, in part to help prevent further sexual assault, such as those reported last week. The occupiers also finally got their own port-a-potties, which they're keeping in a private location two blocks from the camp. 

Meanwhile, the New York Post is still picking its jaw up off the floor after finding an "online agenda" for the protest that lists events into 2025 (though we could only find this one that stretched to 2021).

Occupiers, on the other hand, are starting to think about what will happen if and when they lose access to Zuccotti Park, as The New York Times suggested they might in a lengthy feature Friday night. News Dissector blogger Danny Schechter reports "there are rumors that a new location is being considered."

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Outside of camp, a demonstration on Saturday in support of Bank Transfer Day resulted in some 20 arrests, as police and protesters clashed over police ordering the demonstrators to stay on the sidewalk.

Outside New York, protest encampments are struggling to stay intact as winter approaches and hardship strikes. In Vancouver, a second drug overdose on Saturday turned fatal, which "prompted Mayor Gregor Robertson to say there is an urgent need to shut down the site due to "life safety" issues."

On the bright side, two protesters at Occupy Philadelphia got married at City Hall, adjacent to the encampment, after meeting there 32 days ago.

Atlanta, meanwhile, has seen its encampment reduced to one hardy soul who alone broke the city curfew on Sunday night.

In Oakland, the weekend after thousands of people marched in a so-called general strike that shut down the nation's fifth-largest port, the encampment was quiet as cold weather set in.

And in Washington, D.C., protesters disagree with police about what exactly happened when somebody drove a car into a hundreds-strong Friday night protest, injuring three people.

Finally, on your television, MTV's True Life: I'm Occupying Wall Street debuted on Saturday, as did Occupy Wall Street's own crowd-funded broadcast commercial.

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