Protesters Occupy Baltimore
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BALTIMORE (WJZ)– The Occupy Wall Street movement goes worldwide. Saturday, demonstrators took to the streets in cities across the nation, including right here in Baltimore.
Weijia Jiang reports.
Shouting “Capitalism Has Got To Go,” hundreds stormed financial buildings in downtown Baltimore.
“The rules are made up as they go along from the top,” said Damien Nichols of Occupy Baltimore. “They don’t have to play by the same rules.”
Saturday was named a day of action, part of the national movement “Occupy Wall Street” that started in New York City nearly a month ago.
Protesters, calling themselves the 99 percent, remain upset over social inequality, bank bailouts and corporate greed.
John King worries his children won’t be able to afford an education.
“This is the land of milk and honey, the American Dream, it’s all here,” King said. “But we have to figure out how to stop what this corporate-government thing that’s going on and think about them, the future.”
At the corner of Pratt and Light Streets at the Inner Harbor, Occupy Baltimore’s main site, the movement is clearly gaining strength with new protesters joining in everyday.
“We see more and more people who are finally waking up to the fact that what’s going on is ridiculous and unfair, and just immoral,” said Charles Shafer of the Baltimore chapter of MoveOn.org.
“Banks got bailed out! We got sold out!” demonstrators shouted.
In the nation’s capital, people headed to a Bank of America branch angry over new debit card fees.
“We have come here to close our accounts,” one protester said.
There were similar protests from Boston to Arkansas to Oregon. And back in Manhattan where it all started, thousands of demonstrators marched more than 40 blocks into Times Square.
“If we can’t have a say here, where are we going to go?”
They could come to Baltimore, where occupiers plan to camp out indefinitely.