Bank protesters arrested after trying to cash $673-billion check: It was an over-sized check made out to the “people of California,” LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said. The demonstrators sat down and refused to leave the bank and six men and four women were arrested as part of the protest organized by the Refund California campaign. Occupy L.A. protesters also joined in.
Photo: Police arrest protesters in the Bank of America branch at 7th Street and Figueroa in downtown Los Angles on Thursday afternoon. Credit: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times
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The protesters appeared to be a motley assortment of slackers, students, environmentalists, socialists, feminists, and hippies. It is easy to lampoon such folks, just as it easy to poke fun at the retirees, gun lovers, and pro-lifers that man the Tea Party information booths. But like the conservative enragés that have taken over parts of the Republican Party, these protesters have a serious issue that motivates them: the purported takeover of the political system by the richest one per cent of the population, as symbolized by Wall Street. “The one thing we all have in common,” says the protesters’ site, “is that We are the 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.
John Cassidy, in his piece for The New Yorker on the Occupy Wall Street protests. Recommended among Good Reads from the Monitor’s international desk.
09-29-11 Sen. Bernie Sanders became the first US Senator to voice his support for Occupy Wall Street on Countdown With Keith Olbermann.
He still an asshole