Seattle marches mark Occupy Wall Street anniversary

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 17, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 17 at 11:18 PM

SEATTLE -- Demonstrators marched in downtown Seattle to mark the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Occupy Wall Street began in New York City on Sept. 17, 2011 and spread across the country. The first anniversary of the Occupy Seattle movement is considered to be Oct. 7.

At a Westlake Center demonstration, supporters taped dollar bills over their mouths as a sort of mute protest against the power of the dollar and the inequality of economics in the U.S.

At 6:30, long after the banks had closed and rush hour traffic thinned, the group took to the streets in a silent protet.

A threat to take the deomonstration into stores never developed, though police were monitoring the crowd.

One member of the movement said he's disappointed that more could not be accomplished this year.

"I think the big mistake is a lot of people think Occupy is just a left-wing version of the Tea Party and it really isn't," said Johnathan Tong. "Whereas The Tea Party is a very political group that has candidates running for office and has elected candidates, I think Occupy is more of a social movement, and there's a lot of people in the occupy movement who really don't want to have anything to do with politics whatsoever."

"Same thing, nothing's changed," said protester Trish Donnelly. "I guess that's the question has anything changed in a year? no it hasn't - but at least we keep protesting. that's a good thing."

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