A long line of placard-bearing protesters marched down the sidewalks of Higuera Street in downtown San Luis Obispo on Saturday afternoon as part of a worldwide day of solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement that started in New York City.
For weeks, a growing group of protesters has been camping out in a park in Lower Manhattan. Their efforts have increasingly spawned similar protests across the country and world.
While their reasons for protesting are many, a key bond is anger with an economic and political system that they say rewards the rich at the expense of everyone else.
“We are sick of politicians in Washington putting the banks and corporations before working families,” said Evan Sylvester, an OccupySLO member, in a statement. “We need an economy that works for all Americans, not just the richest 1 percent. Americans need jobs, not cuts, and we should pay for them by making the millionaires and corporations pay their fair share in taxes like the rest of us do.”
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Members of OccupySLO began their protests Saturday at noon in front of the San Luis Obispo Superior Court to remind politicians that the economic system should work for the many, not the few.
The marchers made their way through downtown chanting “We are the 99 percent” and “This is what democracy looks like.”