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'Occupy Fairbanks' protest busted up by police

Craig MedredAlaska Dispatch
Eden Pictures photo via Flickr

Fairbanks police don't seem to be too keen on the "Occupy" protests. Two protesters were ordered Tuesday morning to stop occupying a public park in Alaska's second largest city.

The two protesters, students of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, braved subfreezing temperatures to occupy the city's downtown Veterans Memorial Park, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, where they slept Monday night in the gazebo, "wrapped in doubled-up sleeping bags."

About 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, police officers reportedly woke them up and told them to leave, demanding permission in writing from Fairbanks's mayor to remain. The permission was granted much later in the day due to a state holiday.

Over the weekend, more than 100 Fairbanksans marched downtown, the News-Miner reported, in conjunction with other, similar events staged across the globe. Anchorage's "Occupy" protests have attracted hundreds.

Elsewhere in Alaska, a lone woman and her dog are protesting Wall Street and the jobless recession with an "Occupy the Tundra" demonstration in the remote rural hub of Bethel.