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Occupy Santa Barbara Protesters Branch Out with March on Banks

Several hundred demonstrators shut down street traffic, make a noisy case for protest's causes

A Wells Fargo Bank manager locks the front door as protesters mass outside the building at 1036 Anacapa St. in Santa Barbara on Saturday.
A Wells Fargo Bank manager locks the front door as protesters mass outside the building at 1036 Anacapa St. in Santa Barbara on Saturday.  (Lara Cooper / Noozhawk photo)

By Lara Cooper, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @laraanncooper |

Several hundred protesters made their way along State Street on Saturday as Occupy Santa Barbara shut down street traffic to protest outside some of downtown Santa Barbara’s biggest banks.

Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Chase Bank were among the stops, and chants like “Hey, hey, ho, ho, corporate greed has got to go” rang out as branch managers locked their front doors to keep the protesters out.

Saturday’s march capped off a week of protests that began Monday in De La Guerra Plaza as part of a larger movement billing itself as Occupy Wall Street.

Demonstrations like Santa Barbara’s have spread across the country as participants protest a range of issues, among them financial regulations, corporate money, business lobbying and risky banking practices.

On Tuesday, eight protesters were arrested in De la Guerra Plaza for being in the park past the 10 p.m. curfew.

Robert Villegas was one of those arrested Tuesday, and he was back out on the streets Saturday to keep the demonstrations going.

“I’m here because I want to see some real change,” he said. “This movement affects every single person in this crowd.”

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» on 10.09.11 @ 05:15 AM

How many police cars did the demonstrators crap on?

» on 10.09.11 @ 12:29 PM

Considering how many people are participating in these demonstrations and the total lack of a coherent and constructive message, they are receiving way too much attention.

» on 10.10.11 @ 03:11 AM

Well done, all you patriots! You sacrificed your valuable free time to turn up and demand an end to the rampant corruption, the thievery, the double dipping, the fraud,the embezzlements, the illegal foreclosures, the corporate welfare queens, the treasonous, evil practice of war for profit, and more. Thank you, on behalf of all Americans who want to put this country back on track.

Occupy. March same time next week.. for as long as it takes. We will stay the course.

» on 10.10.11 @ 03:18 AM

We are sorry for offending you Lou, we’ll go home now. Thanks for the constructive remark and please let us know how we can service you in the future.  Did you write this from your hottub?

» on 10.10.11 @ 10:16 AM

Come on Maxine, Chuck and Frank!  Where are you?  Can’t you see our people are ready again to have you force our banks to loan money to our people again, without an earned income statement?
I wonder how many took out loans willing to speculate and make the quick buck?  Of course, that policy has affected everyone.

» on 10.13.11 @ 11:10 PM

These people are delusional.  How many OCW’s are there?  Their goal is actually to destroy our society. 

Repudiate all debt?  Do these morons have ANY idea of the repercussions of such an incredibly stupid move? 

Minimum wage of $20 whether you work or not?  Cuba tried that - failed and now encouraging small privately owned businesses (sample product:  parts for 1950’s American-made automobiles - get it?).  North Korea didn’t even try to pay people - the gov just took over everything and proceeded to starve the population - wanna live there?.  China is adding capitalism to its model, finally realizing that communism doesn’t work.

Yes, there are things in our system to be fixed.  The banks have acted and continue to act abominably.  But there is an old saying about baby and bathwater…..

Quote from Winston Churchill - “talk to the average voter for 10 minutes and you’ll despair for democracy”...

» on 10.14.11 @ 04:41 PM

And how do you propose to put the country back on track Bloggy? Smoking dope down at the demonstration, while leaving crap and garbage behind for someone else to clean up? How is this for rarified irony, the very idiot drugged out manipulated ding bats protesting the evil corruption of capitalism are being funded by one of the worse offenders of capitalism on the planet, none other than George “the currency killer” Soros who became stinking, filthy rich screwing Indonesia into near fatal bankruptcy manipulating their currency. He did the British Commonwealth no favors either doing the same thing. Oh and yes, let’s not forget the biggest champions of liberalism, progressivism and anti-capitalism, Hollywood liberals, all got stinking filthy rich using a capitalistic system to accumulate wealth while being a net drain on the economy.
I may have issues with conservatives who lack the discernment between wealth generators and wealth accumulators, but at least they don’t engage in this flatulent, putrid display of ignorance born hypocrisy demonstrated by those being manipulated by white wealthy elite liberals. And spare me the aging vacuous sloganing that once had meaning 40 years ago to a bunch of spoiled white college kids who decided protesting and getting stoned was funnier than getting an education. Of course those idiots all became lawyer, or tenured professors at the now state run institutions for liberal indoctrination (formerly known as universities).

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