‘Occupy Springfield’ protesters crash Missouri Republican Assembly meeting

By Eric W. Dolan
Sunday, November 13, 2011 13:40 EDT
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A group of “Occupy Springfield” protesters attended the 7th District of Missouri Republican Assembly’s monthly meeting on Saturday to make their viewpoints known, according to KY3 News.

“Major corporations and very wealthy individuals have more influence on our political process than the average person does,” said Christopher Smith. “I would like to restore the level of fairness that I believe all of us really want to have in our system of government.”

The group did not disrupt the event, but Republican Rep. Todd Akin said some people felt the protesters had “[crashed] their party.” But he acknowledged that the group also made the meeting more interesting.

The “Occupy Springfield” protesters plan to attend meetings by Democrats as well because both parties pander to large corporations, they said.

Police arrested eight “Occupy Springfield” protesters after they refused to leave a vacant lot near the Springfield Expo Center on Friday.

One protester had a dollar bill taped to his forehead, which was taken by the jail. The cash was returned as a debit card requiring a fee to use.

“You know they’re very lined up with the banking institutions when they issue you a debit card,” he said.

Watch video, courtesy of KY3 News, below:


Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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