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Occupy Atlanta disrupts two Wells
By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.
Editor & Publisher
ATLANTA, Nov. 17,
2011, 2:15 p.m.
- Occupy Atlanta today hit a popular
bank chain with chants and leaflets about the institution's level of
foreclosures and other financial mismanagement concerns, according
to a spokesman.
Occupy Atlanta's Tim Franzen,
said the group hit Wells Fargo branches at Atlantic Station and Marietta
Street, telling customers that the bank leads the nation in
foreclosures and was "complicit in the banking collapse of 2008."
Franzen said the banks were
caught flat-footed and
tellers looked "bewildered."
"Right after everybody left, one person asked,
'Are those the retards from the park?'" he said. "And
immediately the customer confronted her and another defended what we
The group held an impromptu protest at the two
banks on the way to a larger protest at Courtland Bridge, where nine
protesters were arrested for obstructing the flow of traffic,
according to an Occupy Atlanta spokesman. The group has another protest at Home Depot at 6 p.m.
The protests come as Occupy Atlanta early this
morning, placed 30
protesters at Freedom Park. They have twice been evicted from
Woodruff Park for closing-time violations.
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Franzen said: "At 2 a.m. over 30 people have
entered Freedom Park and erected tents and tarps. This is in
addition to the ongoing occupation of Peachtree and Pine shelter,
which is under threat of eviction, and the occupation of central
avenues. You can evict a park, but you can't evict an idea. The
occupation movement is here to stay."
Occupy Atlanta has
been fighting the city to stop an eviction of homeless people at the
Peachtree and Pine shelter and Central Avenue.
Atlanta was among the
first cities to experience a mayor, Kasim Reed, who raided the camp. The
Atlanta raids have become a blueprint for this week's Occupy Wall Street
Occupy Atlanta's most recent
actions are in line with the national movement, which is planning a massive
protest on Wall Street. Occupy Washington D.C. is also planning a protest on the
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