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'Occupy' movement reaches Huntsville

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The Occupy Wall Street protest made its mark in Huntsville on Saturday.

A crowd of nearly 100 people gathered at Big Spring Park to show solidarity with fellow Occupy activists in Manhattan.

The movement swept Wall Street in early September and trickled into cities around the world.

"We're coming out and showing our support for the Occupy Wall Streeters," said Gina McGill, one of the organizers of Occupy Huntsville. "We're also providing an avenue for the folks here in Huntsville to make their voices heard."

Officers on bicycles were present at the protest, but overall it was a peaceful demonstration.

The issues are diverse; Protesters on Saturday rallied for economic equality and decried the lack of jobs, but above all else, protesters said they want to provide a platform for citizens to speak up.

"I'm here because I'm tired of doing nothing," said John Scheppe. "I think it's time for a change and the only way change comes is through action."

Click here to visit the Occupy Huntsville website.

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