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Protesters form community at Legislative Plaza

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A group of people protesting against what they perceive as corporate greed on Wall Street is planning to march through downtown Nashville on Monday.

Demonstrators have been camping in Legislative Plaza since Saturday night.

According to a news release, those participating in the Occupy Nashville protest plan to remain outside the State Capitol indefinitely.

"We are well-prepared to stay out here to get things changed," said protester Travailler James.

"It's almost like we're setting up our own community," said protestor Christopher Anderson, of Brentwood.

Anderson is one of about 50 people who have found a new home on the corner of 6th and Charlotte avenues.

The protestors have transformed a corner of Legislative Plaza into their own neighborhood, complete with food and water, medical items, a library stocked with donations, trash and recycling bins.

Metro and state police have kept a constant surveillance of the group, but so far haven't had to make any arrests because the group hasn't caused any problems.

Jamison Lucas, a grounds keeper who heard about the growing group, feared the worst, but said the protestors' presence hasn't caused extra work for him.

Lucas has swept the floors of Legislative Plaza every day for the past three years. He said the group has actually inspired him.

"They're standing up for what they believe in, and I like that," said Lucas.

The protestors aren't sure how long they'll live at the location, but said they vow to stay as long as it takes and march three times a week until they see the change they want.

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