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Occupy San Diego Plans Bank Protest

Occupy San Diego protesters were expected to demonstrate outside a downtown Wells Fargo Bank branch today.

A large crowd marches as part of 'Occupy San Diego' in downtown San Diego on Oct. 7, 2011.
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Above: A large crowd marches as part of 'Occupy San Diego' in downtown San Diego on Oct. 7, 2011.

The move comes one day after a few dozen protestors moved from the Civic Center Plaza, where they had been since Oct. 7, to outside a Bank of America branch office to decry the conduct of banks, corporations, political elites and political power brokers.

About 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Bank of America on B Street closed four and a half hours early due to the 30 to 40 Occupy protestors who sat in a loose circle in front of the branch, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

San Diego police Capt. Mark Jones told the newspaper that the protest was allowed to continue because no one's bank access was being restricted and the protesters were in areas open to the public.

Protester Kevin Rambo, 18, told the Union-Tribune that his group aimed to call attention to the Occupy movement, which began in New York last month and has since spread nationwide. The fact that the branch closed early was a secondary benefit, he said.

The Wells Fargo Bank branch slated to be targeted today is also on B Street.

The Occupy movement in San Diego has been largely confrontation-free, with only two protestors being arrested for allegedly delaying police officers as they attempted to remove makeshift camp sites from the Civic Center Plaza last Friday.

Protesters have vowed to remain in the downtown area until their demands are met or at least sincerely considered. Those demands include ending joblessness, poverty and political corruption.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Cosmikid'

Cosmikid | October 22, 2011 at 12:43 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

I would like to make a correction for the record as a participant in the Occupy SD movement. We do not have a list of demands, but we have list of grievances, the Occupy Wall Street list of grievances, which can be found here

http://www.nycga.net/resources/declaration/

We have started a proposed list of demands yesterday, but for now we are simply acting on our grievances. We understand that each day the big banks continue to damage this country through illegal foreclosures and fraudulent loans which continue to sap the resources of the lower 99% in favor of richest 1%. That is why we are now attempting to shut down these banks.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | October 22, 2011 at 2:43 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

I can't think of a better target of a protest than "BofA".

Foul parasites they are.

Their profits go down due to their own poor business decisions and mistakes, but they sustain themselves and their executive compensations by passing more fees on to their customers.

I say set-up camp indefinitely in front of their headquarters.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | October 22, 2011 at 2:44 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

And don't get me wrong, Wells Fargo and the other big banking corporations are foul parasites as well.

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