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Occupy Juneau stages second protest, plans more

Posted: October 23, 2011 - 7:03pm

More than 50 Juneau residents participated in the second Occupy Juneau demonstration Saturday.

The group maintained its route and messaging, but with five times the participants of the first event.

Beginning with a general assembly and discussion at Marine Park, the march continued up Seward Street, stopped at Wells Fargo Bank and KeyBank, where protesters took a left on Fourth Street to stand before the Capitol Building. The last stop for protesters was at the intersection of Egan Drive and 10th Street, a high traffic area for downtown.

There was further discussion regarding the message and purpose of the Occupy Wall Street movement, on which protests worldwide are based. James Marcus, lead organizer in Juneau, said the group is prepared to continue the Saturday demonstrations. It is uncertain how long the protests will persist, though Nov. 5 is meant to be a big day for those protesters who have vowed to move their accounts from “too big to fail” banks to smaller regional and local banks or credit unions by that date.

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