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Occupy Atlanta disrupts two Wells Fargo banks

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 were doing."

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 eviction.

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 Key Bridge.

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