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Occupy Murfreesboro protesters march near courthouse

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Close to 70 Occupy Murfreesboro demonstrators took to the streets Friday afternoon as the Occupy Wall Street moving gains momentum across the country.

"This is what democracy looks like," Occupy Murfreesboro demonstrators chanted as they paraded from the Rutherford County Courthouse.

It's a movement that's spreading across the country like wildfire.

"It's growing, it's growing fast," said Occupy Murfreesboro member Yessi Vincent.

Occupy Murfreesboro demonstrators took to the streets.

"We are the 99 percent, and so are you," the group chanted.

They are hoping to send a clear message to three downtown Murfreesboro banks.

"Hey, hey, ho, ho, Regions greed has got to go, Bank of America is taking America, Take your money out of SunTrust before they make us go bust," chanted the group as they marched past the banks.

They say the bailout of banks leads to corporate greed.

"Corporate money is going to politicians, helping their campaigns, making them pass laws that support a very tiny part of the population at the expense of the rest of us, and that's not democracy," Vincent said.  

The group plans to join others in Bank Transfer Day on Saturday.  This is where they withdraw their money, close their accounts and move the funds to community banks and credit unions.

"Bring those funds to these banks, open up lending in our community; it's going to help the local people instead of the corporate forces elsewhere," Occupy Murfreesboro member Stephanie McCallum said.

Even though the protest and march were peaceful, those in attendance were under the watchful eyes of police and sheriff's deputies as a precaution.

"I think the police are here to protect my rights and your rights, so they are protecting us to make sure we're safe.  That's what police do is protect and serve,"Occupy Murfreesboro member Scott Martindale said.

"There were two other protestors who were not part of Occupy Murfreesboro, but they too say they wanted to send a clear message about corporate greed.

Occupy Murfreesboro is planning to hold their next general assembly meeting at Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Old Fort Park in Murfreesboro.

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