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An Occupy Wall Street protestor looks into a large used army-issue tent that serves as a safe sleeping place for women in Zuccotti Park on Saturday in New York.
updated 11/5/2011 6:32:26 PM ET 2011-11-05T22:32:26

Police said Saturday that a driver will not be charged for striking three people taking part in an Occupy DC protest in downtown Washington.

Lt. Christopher Micciche of the D.C. police said the driver was not cited because he had a green light when his vehicle struck the three on Friday night.

He said witnesses told police that the three pedestrians "either ran toward or jumped in front of the moving vehicle." He said one pedestrian jumped on the hood of the car. One of them was cited for being in the roadway.

"The protesters were apparently trying to block the roadway," Micciche said. "It was essentially an accident where three individuals were injured but they were in violation by being in the roadway."

D.C. fire department spokesman Lon Walls said Saturday morning that the three were transported to two area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Hundreds of protesters affiliated with Occupy DC shut down streets Friday near the city's convention center in downtown, where a conservative group was gathering.

The names of the driver and protesters were not immediately available.

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One protester, 29-year-old Jesse Folks, told The Washington Post that he was standing in the street with other demonstrators near the convention center when the car "just gassed it into a bunch of people."

"We were in the street, but this guy didn't even give us a chance to get out of the way," Folks said.

Micciche said witnesses provided a different account.

"They probably thought the driver would either stop or be able to stop, but it didn't appear that was the case."

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Oakland, Calif.
A second Iraq war veteran was hospitalized after getting hurt during protests there, a hospital official said.

A spokesman for Oakland's Highland Hospital says Kayvan Sabeghi, 32, was being cared for at the hospital and was in fair condition Friday.

The hospital would not release any details of Sabeghi's injuries, or of his treatment, but Dottie Guy, of the Iraq Veterans Against the War, says that Sabeghi was being treated after suffering a lacerated spleen and internal bleeding.

Guy says Sabeghi was taken to the hospital after being arrested and held in a jail cell. Records show Sabeghi was booked early Thursday during the Occupy Oakland protests on suspicion of resisting arrest.

Oakland police said they were investigating the circumstances of his arrest

Des Moines, Iowa
The Occupy Des Moines started at the State Capitol and has moved to the park just east of the capitol. Now the group was planning to make their point at the Iowa Caucuses.

Organizers were planning a large-scale demonstration outside the Iowa Caucuses.

Group organizers say they're planning for possible arrests and were training for possible encounters with authorities; similar to arrests outside the capitol.

Occupy organizers say they don't want to disrupt the caucus process but want the candidates to hear their point.

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Video: Thousands of ‘Occupy’ protesters on the move in Oakland

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    >>> now to the people in this country who have been taking to the streets in what has become known as the occupy movement against economic inequality, corporate greed and the concentration of wealth in the top 1% of society. today, the epicenter was back in oakland , california, where people flooded the streets again in what they called a day-long strike to shut the city down. miguel almaguer has our report tonight.

    >> we are the 99%!

    >> reporter: in oakland , it may have been the largest demonstration since the days of the vietnam war . [ chanting ]

    >> reporter: a massive city-wide strike aimed at shutting down corporations, banks and the nation's fifth largest port.

    >> we are going to go shut it down for sure.

    >> reporter: protesters are demonstrating against what they call the unequal distribution of wealth and power.

    >> we stand for banks that work for the people.

    >> they are closing a lot of schools in oakland .

    >> reporter: the shutdown grew by the hour. nearly 400 teachers marched to protest the closure of schools. nurses demanded better health care for all.

    >> health care is a human right.

    >> reporter: local labor unions encouraged their members to walk off the job.

    >> you see people on the streets? this is just beginning.

    >> reporter: today, police kept their distance.

    >> medic!

    >> reporter: the occupy movement is galvanized in part by images of marine scott olsen , seriously injured by what witnesses say was a police projectile. today in new york a group of veterans marched through wall street .

    >> need to step up and make good.

    >> reporter: holding up pictures of olson. in philadelphia, police moved in to arrest nearly a dozen protesters who settled into the c comcast building, the parent company of nbc universal . back in oakland , the police union says they, too, stand with protesters but they will also enforce the law. brian, the crowd has been growing all day. while for the most part it has been peaceful there have been incidents of vandalism. later tonight, protesters say they will head to the port of oakland where they will try to shut down what they call the largest point of commerce. brian?

    >> miguel almaguer on the noisy streets of oakland , california. thanks.

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