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"Occupy Wall Street" protests come to Jonesboro

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A grassroots, wildfire spreading movement made its way into Jonesboro on Saturday.

The "Occupy Wall Street" protests have been ongoing for several weeks in New York City and have swept across the nation and world, popping up as far away as Tokyo, Japan.

On Saturday, a group of demonstrators gathered outside the Craighead County Courthouse to voice their opinions about various subjects. "I'm here because I'm tired of corporate greed, said one of the protestors.

One of the stand-out characteristics of the "Occupy" protests is that there is not a central focus that the group is aiming at. "It's hard to put a label on it because there are so many ideas in it right now," said Jacob Holloway, one of the organizers of the Jonesboro protest.

Holloway said that the purpose for bringing the event to Jonesboro is for awareness. Saturday was the national day for people across America to take part in an "Occupy" protest in their community.

Right now, the protests are still in what Holloway called the "grassroots, organic" stages, but he says in a few months the impacts could be much larger, "The 2012 elections are coming up and by that time we will be big enough to support candidates and have an impact on elections," said Holloway.

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