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occupyspokaneapril2012SPOKANE-- The Occupy Wall Street movement returned to Downtown Spokane Tuesday night. Economic protests began last fall but faded during the winter.

Organizers say Occupy Spokane remains strong.

Occupy Spokane protesters held a big rally originating at Riverfront Park Tuesday afternoon. 

One man says the movement has become more organized

Wayne Spitzer is about to lead an Occupy Spokane march this tax day on Wells Fargo Bank and Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers' office. “The middle class continues to pay their fair share. Everybody’s paying their fair share but the banks and but some of these special interest that have a vested interest in not doing that.”

Spitzer say all through all winter, every Saturday Occupy protesters have gathered and marched for a cause, representing the 99%.

When the movement first started in Spokane, protesters occupied the median at Monroe and Riverside around the clock until the weather got colder.

Spitzer tells us even though protesters have not occupied the median more recently; he says movement is far from dead. “What we've focuses on are targeted events like this where we plan in advance and we bring all the forces together to do it.”

He also feels the movement, which has no leader, is more organized.  Spitzer designed an occupy Spokane shirt. “It’s all about putting a face to occupy Spokane.” 

There are weekly meetings in addition to the Saturday gathering. Volunteers maintain a facebook page announcing upcoming events.

Link to original article and video on KREM.com


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