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    Posted April 13, 2012 by
    Makandel
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    Five Arrested as Occupy DC Conducts Pajama March on Banks

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Makandel shot these photos of an early-morning April 13 "pajama march" in Washington, D.C., protesting Bank of America and encouraging the alternative use of smaller, local credit unions. 'Arriving at the [bank] following the march, about 10 Occupiers met 20-25 police officers,' he said. 'After being given three warnings, five protesters who refused to move off of the sidewalk were arrested.'
    - jmsaba, CNN iReport producer

    For the last five days, Occupy DC protesters have conducted a 24-hour “sleepful protest” outside of a Bank of America branch at the corner of 14 Street and Vermont Avenue. Protesters sleep on the sidewalk, and maintain their presence during the day, to voice their outrage with big banking in the United States. They stress that people should use local credit unions to support local economies, rather than large banks who are “dangerously liberal with money,” amongst other agenda items.

    On the morning of April 13, protesters held a “pajama march” to spread their message. They departed the corner to make their way through city streets to freedom plaza. From there, they marched to a Wells Fargo, then to a different branch of Bank of America, on to the White House, and then returned to their “home base” branch of Bank of America.

    Five protesters retook their positions by the entrance, holding signs, and disregarding arrest warnings by police. Finally, all five were arrested for blocking pedestrian traffic on a sidewalk, a planned civil disobedience to further their cause.

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