Occupy Valdosta protests issues

Published: Oct. 14, 2011 at 9:37 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 17, 2011 at 9:31 PM EDT
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The occupy wall street movement that's spreading around the country arrived in south Georgia.

More than 100 demonstrators marched through the streets of Valdosta Friday.

They're protesting issues from corporate greed to unemployment all the way down to local issues including school consolidation.

They were chanting "they got bailed out we got sold out."

Occupy Valdosta protesters chanted as they marched down Patterson Street. They made their first stop at Bank of America to protest the debit card fees, but no one there came out to acknowledge them.

"We're here trying to make money and the banks are trying to take more money from us," said Erin Hurley.

They held signs protesting a wide range of issues. One protester, who wouldn't tell us his name, says several issues tie them together. "We want our bail out. We want our part of the profit, a redistribution of wealth in society."

Walt McGhin watched as protesters went by and wanted to tell us his opinion.

"I am an extreme right wing conservative and what I just saw going, by toting their signs, they have no idea what they're looking for or what they want," said Walt McGhin.

They also made stops at the Valdosta Daily Times and the Chamber of Commerce along the way.

"We appreciate the Freedom of the press," said Jim Parker. "We just wish that you would report everything," said Jim Parker.

"We do try to report everything anytime you have something give us a call," said Dean Poling, the assistant managing editor.

As they approached the Chamber of Commerce you could here them shout, "we are the 99 you are the one percent."

The president says 86 percent of the members are small business owners.

"We are the 99," said Myrna Ballard.

From 11 to 1 Saturday Occupy Valdosta will meet at the MLK monument and talk about how they can make a difference in the community.

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