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The Year in Pictures: Occupy Albany

by The Staff on December 30, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street movement spread quickly to other cities around the country and the world, and there was plenty of action right here in the Capital Region.

Photo by Ali Hibbs

Local GOP Committee Chairman held a press conference amid the Occupy Albany encampment calling for Gov. Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor willing to take on those arrested for violating curfew in state-owned Lafayette Park

Photo by Leif Zurmuhlen

 his action was prompted by the refusal of Albany D.A. David Soares to prosecute peaceful protestors, a decision that drew (mostly favorable) national attention

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Photo by Leif Zurmuhlen

Occupy Schenectady got into the act with a march on General Electric;

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Photo by Leif Zurmuhlen

Photo by Leif Zurmuhlen

Occupy Albany maintained a continuous presence in Academy Park for more than two months, with the support of the Albany Police Department, whose chief, Steven Krokoff, instructed his force not to disrupt the peaceful gatherings—and was cited as a Metroland Local Hero in part for that stance. Ironically, the day the Local Heroes issue hit the streets (Dec. 22), the APD moved in and evicted what remained of the encampment