Occupy Miami to Protest Saturday

Occupy Miami planned a protest for 1:30 p.m.

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    Occupy Miami protested at the Torch of Friendship in Downtown Miami's Bayfront Park on Saturday. (Published Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011)

    Occupy Miami was set to protest at the Torch of Friendship in Downtown Miami's Bayfront Park on Saturday.

    "It's a movement to talk about the overall economic health of the country," said an Occupy Miami spokeswoman who identified herself as Karja.

    She said it would be an organizational meeting to discuss how to work out the issues of the nation's economic health, discussing topical and task-based issues.

    While she wasn't sure how many people would pariticipate at the 1:30 p.m. protest, she said that the group has gained popularity over the past week.

    The Occupy Wall Street demonstration started out small last month, with less than a dozen college students spending days and nights in Zuccotti Park, a private plaza off Broadway. It has grown significantly, however, both in New York City and elsewhere as people in other communities display their solidarity in similar protests.

    The event has drawn protestors of diverse ages and occupations who are speaking out against corporate greed, social inequality, global climate change and other concerns.

    More than 700 protestors demonstrating were arrested on Oct. 1 after they swarmed the Brooklyn bridge and shut down a lane of traffic for several hours.

    "We're peaceful protestors. There's no conflict with police. They are part of the 99 percent," Karja said. "It's a huge group of people with a lot of different people, with a lot of different topics."