Occupy Nashville is in its fourth day of protest, after three consecutive nights squaring off against local police. Despite the cold, demonstrators near Tennessee's capitol building defied a curfew for the third time. By early morning, about 50 people remained, and despite friction with state officials, no one was arrested, unlike during the previous two nights of protest.
Although more than two dozen people have been taken into custody in Nashville so far, not all local officials are on board with the arrests.
A Nashville judge said last week that there's no legal reason to keep the demonstrators behind bars. He has released protesters after every arrest and has refused each night to sign arrest warrants for those taken into custody. The state Department of Safety has been carrying out the arrests.
The Occupy Wall Street protests spread internationally about three weeks ago after starting in New York City's Zucotti Park on Sept. 17.
This weekend, some of them faced a new challenged: bad weather. Record snowfall along the East Coast forced some inside, although others, including in New York City, remained outside with tents and blankets. Occupy Maine made a plea on its Facebook page for reinforcements after the snowfall destroyed many of the group's tents. They point out that this is a good time to start talking about the logistics of occupation, before snowfall becomes a nightly occurence.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.