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VIDEO: Protesters march through downtown LR

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published October 15, 2011 at 11:57 a.m. Updated October 15, 2011 at 1:29 p.m.


Protesters march toward the State Capitol Saturday morning.

Protesters march through downtown LR

Protesters with Occupy Little Rock marched through downtown Saturday morning.

— More than 350 protesters marched through downtown Little Rock Saturday morning in a demonstration against economic inequality, corporate greed and other issues.

The group — dubbed Occupy Little Rock in a localized version of the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York — started at the Riverfest Ampitheatre and marched to the state Capitol, stopping along the way to picket the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, the Stephens Inc. building, the Bank of America building and the Federal Building.

Most of the protesters carried signs while others beat drums or bashed cymbals.

Sandra Harris, of Pine Bluff, said she joined the protest in the hopes that a large-scale, peaceful movement would bring change.

"I think that Washington needs to realize that the people are suffering all over the country," she said. "They're just not responding. It's just necessary for us to come out and let our voices be heard."

Police stopped traffic along the route as the demonstration carried on. Little Rock Police Department spokesman Lt. Terry Hastings said officers didn't respond to any problems during the event.

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quiet4us2 says... October 15, 2011 at 12:21 p.m.

Why can't these idiots make a contribution to the country instead of always trying to tare it down ?

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djigoo says... October 15, 2011 at 12:40 p.m.

They are making a contribution to this country by peacefully protesting injustices. And what does "tare it down" mean?

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aimee says... October 15, 2011 at 7:58 p.m.


It's "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

There ARE grievances and their efforts to get them remedied IS making "a contribution to the country"... They are there for the rest of us who are WITH them in spirit..!!!!

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jackalope says... October 15, 2011 at 9:11 p.m.

I was there. It was a beautiful day for a beautiful event. Absolutely no problems, not a single incident of any kind. The LRPD was very supportive and courteous to us and vice versa. I know I personally thanked every officer I walked by, both on the way to the capitol and back.

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T6 says... October 15, 2011 at 10:26 p.m.

aimee, It will all be fine and dandy UNTIL all hell breaks loose like it did in Rome. Then what do you think will happen? If violence does break out in the US, The President and the Democrat Party should be held responsible.

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jackalope says... October 15, 2011 at 11 p.m.

T6, all of the violence I've seen in this movement in the US has been on the part of police agencies. Speaking as someone who was there today, the movement in Little Rock was entirely without incident. Also, this is not a political movement, why should the President/Dems beheld accountable? This is a movement against the stranglehold that corporations and the richest 1% in this country have over everything from the media to politics. Today I saw old, young, black, white, hispanic, and there was even a contingent from the local TEA party.

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LevitiCuss says... October 16, 2011 at 12:09 a.m.

Funny how since this OWS thing started, you haven't heard a single squeak out of the Republicans about cutting any more social programs. Wonder why that is? All it takes is a few people taking to the streets and suddenly the 'Pubs are all about peace and love and understanding:^O

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FreeSpiritMan says... October 16, 2011 at 3:56 a.m.

This movement needs an organazation behind it.

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Testingonetwothree says... October 16, 2011 at 4:51 a.m.

LevitiCuss...duh Senate Republicans voted Tuesday night to kill the jobs package .......haven't heard a single squeak out of the Republicans ...pretty big squeak Id say.....

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thinolman4 says... October 16, 2011 at 5:28 a.m.

I am fully behind the movement. It is our constitutional right. Everyone says that the movement lacks focus. The politicians keenly know the problems that need to be solved they just don't have the political guts to do the right thing.
I believe the movement will get a lot more traction if congress continues to stalemate.

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