Washington Occupy Spokane Developing a Following After Saturday March

SPOKANE -- Supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement marched across Downtown Spokane Saturday.  Protesters said their work is far from being done.  They did not see their largest turnout but they believe they are developing a following that is likely outlasting any other movement to hit the streets in the Spokane area.

Their path was similar to previous protests.  They made stops outside local offices of the country's largest banks.

"People are becoming aware.  They are seeing that government is controlled by corporations and government isn't doing anything to change the way things are run," said Occupy Spokane Erik Phillips.

The message remains the same.  But members of the group believe they are connecting with more of their fellow citizens each week by maintaining a consistent presence downtown.

"We've got wonderful people that have a great sense of community.  It's not about socialism, it's about protecting our families, protecting our friends, and protecting the American future," said Michael Lyons.

People marching said this movement is outlasting previous protests because so many can relate to their anger at the government and corporations. 

Occupy Spokane said they will come together to march through downtown again next Saturday starting at noon.

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