Occupy activists meet in Iowa, plan caucus events

By MIKE GLOVER and RYAN J. FOLEY | December 27, 2011 | 2:46 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Protesters are meeting in Iowa to determine which Republican presidential candidates they want to target, and how, as they seek to become a disruptive political force before next week's caucus.

Starting Wednesday, Occupy protesters are vowing to interrupt candidates at events and camp inside or outside their campaign offices. They say they want to change the political dialogue, but critics fear their tactics could tarnish Iowa's reputation for civil political discourse.

Hundreds of Occupy activists from at least 10 states are expected to participate in a "People's Caucus" at a Des Moines building on Tuesday evening. They plan to break up into "dis-preference groups," based on candidates, and hash plans to occupy their offices and crash events with a long list of grievances.