West Coast Wall Street Protest Gets 6 Arrested

Friday, Sep 30, 2011  |  Updated 9:31 AM PDT
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West Coast Wall Street Protest Gets 6 Arrested

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of San Francisco Thursday to protest Wall Street banks and six were arrested.

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Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of San Francisco Thursday to protest Wall Street banks and six were arrested, police said.

The protesters marched along Market Street Thursday afternoon, stopping in front of Bank of America, Charles Schwab and Wells Fargo, organizers from ReFund California said.

Six activists went inside a Chase Bank branch in the 500 block of Market Street with sleeping bags and pillows and prepared to stay, organizers said.

"It is important for us to remember that Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and other banks broke no laws in not paying any taxes this year," the Facebook invite to the protest read. "They didn't have to because their lobbyists helped to write the tax laws."

The group is dubbed "Make Banks Pay in California" and have specifically targeted Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Chase Bank, according to SF Weekly.

According to police, officers repeatedly warned the protesters they would be arrested if they refused to leave.
     
The activists refused to leave and were arrested for trespassing, police said.

The protesters were cited and released.
 

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