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Similar to the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York City, people in Seattle have taken to the streets to protest corporate greed, lobbyists, and America’s economic situation.
What started last Saturday as a small protest with 20 people at the Federal Building downtown has now transformed into a makeshift tent village at Westlake Park with over 60 people spending the night in tents. Using Facebook they announce their needs —tarps to rainproof tents, food, tape, signs, and whatever else is needed to run a demonstration.
Initially the encampment was allowed in the park but organizers are reporting that they have received orders from the city to leave the park.
Albert Postema brought food from his farm in Snohomish to support the protesters. “All day all week,” he said when asked how long he would stay at the demonstration, his voice hoarse from yelling all day. He participated in the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York and decided to help with a similar protest here in Seattle.
Organizers are hoping the Seattle version of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement will continue to grow.
Here are photos from the Occupy Seattle protest at Westlake Park.
- Joe Dyer