Image: Policemen scuffle with protesters in Denver
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Policemen scuffle with protesters at the Occupy Denver camp in Denver on Saturday.
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updated 10/30/2011 12:00:05 PM ET 2011-10-30T16:00:05

Police in Oregon arrested about 30 anti-Wall Street protesters early Sunday, dragging and carrying them to waiting vans, after they refused to leave a park in an affluent district.

In Tennessee, protesters defied a curfew for a third consecutive night

The arrests in Oregon came during a week of clashes between police and demonstrators supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement that led to arrests in Oakland and San Diego, California; Atlanta; Denver, and Nashville, Tennessee.

In Oregon, protesters from the Occupy Portland movement marched to the Pearl District, with some saying they viewed its residents as part of the wealthy demographic they're protesting.

Dozens of them gathered in Jamison Square on Saturday evening to defy a midnight curfew to vacate.

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As police moved in, most of the protesters backed off but a core group of about 30 sat in a circle in the park and awaited arrest.

An Associated Press photographer said most of the protesters were carried or dragged away. There was no violence during the arrests, which took about 90 minutes.

The protesters — all appearing to be in their 20s and 30s with many were wearing Halloween-style face paint — were handcuffed before they were placed in police vans and driven off.

"We are the 99 percent," one arrestee continued to chant.

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Police said they arrested more than two dozen people on charges that included criminal trespassing, interfering with a police officer, and disorderly conduct. The showdown came in the shadow of high-rise condos in the middle of the Pearl District, with some residents watching the events from their balconies.

In Tennessee, about 50 demonstrators in Nashville chanted "Whose plaza? Our plaza!" early Sunday in defiance of an official curfew.

Police sporadically made their rounds, but authorities signaled no immediate attempt to make arrests as law enforcement agents had done on the two previous nights.

Elizabeth Sharpe, 20, took part Sunday and said she was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement after seeing a 2003 documentary called "The Corporation." She said she felt the need to be an activist in the movement that expresses opposition to perceived greed on Wall Street and across corporate America.

Image: Arrested protesters lie face down on the Legislative Plaza in Nashville, Tenn.
Erik Schelzig  /  AP
Arrested protesters lie face down on the Legislative Plaza in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday, while state troopers wait to process them and place them on a bus.

"How can I as an individual change this?" she asked, speaking with an Associated Press reporter. With the Occupy moment's far-flung reach across American cities, she said she felt there was strength in numbers, adding, ""I got for the first time a glimpse of hope."

Some danced to keep warm on a chilly morning and others shivered in the frosty air, huddling under blankets.

The protesters have been galvanized by the friction between state officials and the local magistrate.

Nashville magistrate Tom Nelson has said recently that there's no legal reason in his city to keep the demonstrators behind bars and he has released them after each arrest. He has refused each night to sign off on arrest warrants for more than two dozen people taken into custody.

In Denver on Saturday evening, authorities moved into an encampment of protesters and began arresting demonstrators just hours after a standoff near the steps of the Colorado Capitol turned into a skirmish that ended in police firing rounds of pellets filled with pepper spray.

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Video: Occupy Wall Street becomes global phenomenon

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    MADDOW: It's been 41 days now that protesters have been camping out in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan . That's the occupy part of "Occupy Wall Street " -- a physical presence taking up space and not going home. Along with their sleeping bags and their signs, protesters have organized the small park into a miniature city really with a communal kitchen, a library, media center and generators to keep laptops and cell phones charged. Well, they used to have generators. Used to. Past tense. This morning, city firefighters confiscated six generators and about a dozen cans of fuel used to run them. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said they were safety hazards and illegal and thus had to go. So, if f living in a park indefinitely wasn't already toughing it out, now protesters have to make due without heat or electricity. Protesters are vowing to stay no matter the weather. Which is kind of the point -- these protests all have the word "occupy" in their name. They're not demonstrations that end. There are no fliers that say show up on this day and this day only and go home. There are no buses that bring people and wait. No list of demands, no political parties, no candidates. This is an ongoing thing. This is part of the power of it. People demonstrating in our digital virtually there world, there is a commitment here to staying, a physical commitment to bodily being there, to being in the way, to saying we are not leaving here until this is dealt with, even if you make that hard to do. A few miles north of Wall Street , demonstrators also gathered this afternoon on the steps of the New York public library . They marched from there to the Bank of America tower and an to other too big to fail bank buildings in midtown Manhattan . Our producer Julia Nutter shot this video as protesters handed out stacks of what organizers said were 6,000 letters to bankers that they had collected. Like this one: spread the wealth fairly. No one is denying you should make a profit, we're just asking you not to mess with us while doing it. The protesters folded their letters into paper airplanes and launched them toward the Bank of America building above -- paper airplane aerodynamics, difficult to achieve in the best of circumstances but especially when you're trying to do it up and in unison. At "Occupy Oakland " in California , three dozen tents have sprung up overnight. In the same place where police had torn down an occupy encampment earlier this week. Flowers and thousands of cards flooded the Oakland hospital where Iraq war veteran marine Scott Olsen is recovering from the fractured skull he incurred during Tuesday night's violent raid by Oakland police. Doctors say Scott Olsen 's experiencing pressure on the lobe of his brain that controls speech but say they are optimistic for his recovery. Oakland 's mayor, Jean Quan , has met with Mr. Olsen and his family and apologized for the violence at the police raid. But when she tried to address the protesters at a vigil last night, she was booed. She then wrote the group a written statement that said in part "I cannot change the past but I want to work with you to ensure this remains peaceful going forward." At "Occupy Nashville" in Tennessee , 29 people were arrested when state troopers moved in overnight to enforce a newly enacted state policy that set a curfew for the grounds near the state capitol where the protesters have been in tents nearly three weeks. Interestingly, a night judge refused to sign the arrest warrants because the curfew policy had been in effect a couple hours before police decided to enforce it. The protesters were issued misdemeanor citations holding them up in this photo after they got sprung from jail. "Occupy San Diego " protesters were also kicked out today. Their tents and other gear confiscated in a San Diego police sweep overnight, 51 people arrested. The protesters said they were given no warning. We are the 99 percent protests, occupy protests have spread to Britain , to Canada , to German, Japan , Slovenia , Australia , Tehran ? Yes, that Tehran , as in Tehran , Tehran , where protesting can be a deadly business -- and now Egypt . Protesters marching today in Cairo 's Tahrir Square in support of "Occupy Oakland ." Geographic spread and mass participation is one way to quantify the resonance of a protest movement. Here's another. In the month before the "Occupy Wall Street " movement, a Nexus search says in the mainstream media , the phrase corporate greed was mentioned 164 times, before occupy Wall Street . In a month, 164 mentions. But in the last month since "Occupy Wall Street ," there have been more than 3,000 mentions in the mainstream media . How many more than 3,000? We do not know because Nexus will not return more than 3,000 searches.

    BRIAN WILLIAMS, NBC NEWS: As you know, in Lower Manhattan and in cities across this country , we have people who spent a cold night outside because they are committed to this cause. They are the 99 percenters, if you listen to their rallies cry. What's in these stats for them? What do you say to them about the effect of a good run on Wall Street , outside of which they're camped out?

    MADDOW: That was the question. "Occupy Wall Street ," the 99 percent movement, has changed what the country is talking about. While it has been at times unsettling to some they are the not focused on necessarily providing the answers, they have done something bigger than that. They have changed the questions that are being asked about our country , our economy and what counts as success. They have changed the questions. And frankly, it seems like they are just getting started.

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