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Occupy Wall Street -- Roanoke's Wall Street

A gathering of supporters organized on Facebook stood under the canopy of the City Market Building on Friday afternoon for about 15 minutes. They ended the assembly after singing

Eric Brady | The Roanoke Times

A gathering of supporters organized on Facebook stood under the canopy of the City Market Building on Friday afternoon for about 15 minutes. They ended the assembly after singing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

The Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York City nearly three weeks ago hit Roanoke’s own Wall Street on Friday. Seven people stood at the corner of Campbell Avenue and Wall Street in downtown Roanoke on Friday at noon to protest corporate greed.

The group held two large American flags and signs that said, “99% Proud & Loud,” and “We R 2 big 2 FAIL.”

They sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” slightly off-tune and gave interviews with the media. The event lasted about 10 minutes.

Roanoke resident Adam Cohen organized the gathering on Facebook.

“A lot of people feel frustrated at the current situation,” Cohen said. “I felt like, you know what, there might be a few other people who want to express themselves.”

A Facebook group, Occupy RoanokeVa, is organizing another demonstration. The group is holding a public meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday at Roanoke’s Unitarian Universalist Church at 2015 Grandin Road S.W. to discuss plans.

-- Amanda Codispoti

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