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Wells Fargo Closes During Demonstration in Solidarity with 75 River St. Arrestees
Bradley Stuart
On February 15th, a few dozen people, organized through Occupy Santa Cruz, demonstrated in front of the Wells Fargo banking branch at 74 River Street in Santa Cruz, California. The demonstration was in solidarity with 11 people criminally charged on February 7th for the occupation of a former bank building located across the street at 75 River St., now owned by Wells Fargo and sitting vacant, which began on November 30th, 2011.

Demonstrators held signs that read, "Arrest the Real Criminals", "Bank$ter$ Laundered $300 Billion for the Mexican Drug Cartels", "Stop Foreclosures", "Drop the Charges Against the Santa Cruz Eleven", "Community Spaces Not Vacant Places", and "Occupy Earth". The protest began at 3:00pm, and by 3:40pm, Wells Fargo had locked their doors and instructed their private security guards to inform customers that the bank was closed.

In an announcement for the demonstration, Occupy Santa Cruz wrote, "22 felony charges have been filed against 11 peaceful Santa Cruz activists while banksters, such as those at Wells Fargo, who launder drug cartel money, illegally repossess our homes using forged foreclosure documents, and reward themselves with hundreds of millions in bonuses of our tax dollars walk free. Demand the arrest and prosecution of the real criminals: The Banksters."

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