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Wall Street Protesters Occupy LA

Protesters camp out on the lawn at City Hall to call attention to what they call "corporate greed"



    Occupy LA Demonstrators March Through Downtown

    Thousands marched from Pershing Square to City Hall in what was billed as the 'Occupy Los Angeles Global Day of Action.' The march drew many young protesters, as well as some who've been demonstrating for decades. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011)

    It's a movement that started in a park in Manhattan. Now, a little more than two weeks later, "Occupy Wall Street" has spread from coast to coast.

    Protesters are standing up to what they call corporate greed and perceived economic injustices.

    "We want balance and harmony back in society so we can live free and prosper," said Shawn Allister, an Occupy LA protestor.

    Allister and other Occupy LA protesters put on ponchos,  pitched tents and parked their message on the lawn of City Hall in Downtown LA Wednesday.

    Wall Street Protestors Occupy LA

    [LA] Wall Street Protestors Occupy LA
    Wall Street protest group, Occupy LA, took over the lawn at City Hall to call attention to what they call "corporate greed."
    (Published Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011)

    "Everybody was getting soaked this morning. We had a few people complaining about tents being filled with water," said Rudy Rodriguez, a medical volunteer.

    Representatives of the mayor's office offered ponchos -- all of which bolstered the spirits of those in the tents. For some, defying the elements just amplified the message.

    "We're gonna stay here and this is just going to get bigger and bigger," said Allister.

    And it has.

    Gathering at a parking lot along Huntington Drive in South Pasadena Wednesday was a small army of true believers desiring economic reform. They were ready to march to the home of a Wells Fargo executive to protest Wall Street, capitalism and the perceived injustices of both.

    "We feel that they're to blame for the economy, for the way it is," said Raul Novoa, an activist for the Service Employees International Union. "They gave out the bad loans."

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