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Occupy LA plans peaceful protests in downtown

October 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Peaceful protests are planned in downtown Los Angeles Friday as part of the anti-Wall Street Occupy L.A. movement.

The demonstrations are growing in the Southland and across the country. Several dozens of tents have popped up on the north lawn of Los Angeles City Hall. Protesters with Occupy L.A. began occupying the downtown area since last Saturday.

Thursday, about 1,000 protesters took their anti-corporate message to downtown L.A. Occupy L.A. demonstrators were joined by labor unions.

Ten protesters were arrested when they occupied a Bank of America branch and refused to evacuate. They are being charged with trespassing.

There is a lot of anger and frustration being voiced over what protesters say is greed by banks and corporations.

"We are here to occupy until the 99 becomes the 100," said Mendocino resident Scotty Wells. "Basically, we got the technology, we got the tools, let's do this. I mean, let's evolve."

Cities involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement include Sacramento, Washington, D.C., Portland, Cleveland, New Orleans, Tampa and Las Vegas. The nationwide movement has caught the attention of politicians in Washington, D.C.

"The core is the American people do not think the system is fair or on the level. That is the core of what you're seeing in Wall Street," said Vice President Joe Biden.

"They don't know why they're there. They're just mad. This is attack upon business, attack upon industry, attack upon freedom, and I think that's what this is all about," said Rep. Paul Brown, R-Ga.

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