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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Occupy Wilmington made its presence known in Downtown Wilmington Saturday afternoon with a protest at the Bank of America building on Third Street. Over 200 people gathered to show their support for the global movement. Participants waved signs, chanted, and answered questions from people in the community.

Members of Occupy Wilmington say they chose to protest Saturday because it marks the tenth anniversary of the United States involvement in Afghanistan. They say other Occupy groups across the country also protested Saturday, although the actual anniversary of the beginning of the war was October 7.

They say it does not make a difference that the bank was closed. Members agree they are not protesting the people who work at local branches but the symbol of corporate involvement in our community.

“It doesn’t really matter if the bank is opened or closed,” said Occupy Wilmington member Sean Murphy. “We are 24/7 against the corporate control over our country. We’re not fighting against the branch employees. We’re fighting against the financial system itself.”

Murphy says he thinks the protest was a huge success and the group is planning on protesting more in the future. He says he knows that many people are confused about the group’s purpose and that events like the protest help spread the word. Murphy says he just wants people to be aware of what is going on in the community and take a stand if they disagree with choices that are being made by a select number of people.

“I think we’re not mad at corporations, or a lot of people aren’t mad at Capitalism,” Murphy said. “We’re mostly mad that we don’t have representation in politics and that these huge banks have destroyed our economy.”

Murphy says the group holds general assembly meetings daily at Greenfield Lake Park to brainstorm and organize. He says anyone who is interested in learning more is welcome to attend. The group also has a Facebook page that keeps the group informed on upcoming events and ideas.

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Non-Stick Surface
2016 years 2 months ago

They dont, but hey whatever man. Anyway my point was only that scheduling your silly protest of… whatever your protesting against beer and seafood is a stupid idea… but hey no one commented on that part… Cus its true.

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mmmmmmmmmmmm
2016 years 2 months ago

Ummmmmm…….. Win what?

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Trevolution
2016 years 2 months ago

My point was not that violent insurrection was more effective in the short-term than peaceful protest (which is true). My point was that ALL peaceful protests are not ineffective which is what you stated by saying they “never” work.

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Non-Stick Surface
2016 years 2 months ago

Nice try… Please allow me to retort.

First of all there is nothing wrong with what you’re saying… It’s just historical evidence does not support it.

Civil Rights Movement represented a popular movement that had been building over the course of the previous three centuries. By and large it was not peaceful. To start with there was Haiti 1791. The French got butchered. There was this whole civil war part that killed about 650,000 Americans. In our own town there was the Wilmington Race Riot of 1898. Some angry white folks overturned 30 years… Read more »

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Trevolution
2016 years 2 months ago

The whole point of this is to bring political discussion to the streets and get people involved, opposed to being disenfranchised to the system. Everyone used to complain how my generation was “lazy”, now they complain were “socialists” when were politically active. We all have differing opinions and we are not one unified voice against corporatism or capitalism. Some of us protesters love the very things other members of our group hate. That is the beauty of it: we are not centered on one issue, we are multifaceted, possess multiple different opinions and belief, and this makes our movement unlike… Read more »

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