'Occupy' movement spreads to Huntsville

Published: Oct. 7, 2011 at 11:57 AM CDT|Updated: Nov. 4, 2011 at 7:58 AM CDT
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Protesters gathered at Big Spring Park Thursday night.
Protesters gathered at Big Spring Park Thursday night.

The anti-Wall Street movement has ignited like a firestorm. It's spread to cities all over the country, even to Huntsville.

Activists are having another rally in Tuscaloosa Friday on the quad at the University of Alabama.

It's probably going to be similar to what happened Thursday night at Big Spring Park. Their total headcount was more than 160 people.

There's been a lot of anger, but no clear demands. Their main message is frustration with corporate and political greed.

Thursday night protesters in Huntsville chanted things like "redistribute the wealth" and "our tax system is unfair."

They say they want their voices heard and they have no plans of stopping their campaign anytime soon.

An occupy group in Birmingham shares the same message.

"We have no voice. Unless you have a lobbyist or a senator bought and paid for, you are not represented in the American public," said John Foster at an Occupy Birmingham event.

The Occupy Birmingham organizers say 300 people showed up Thursday night. That group is planning another large protest in Birmingham on Saturday, October 15th. They're calling it National Solidarity Day.

These protests have ended up in short run-ins with police and some violence in New York. But they are for the most part, peaceful.

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