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.