WATCH: Occupy Philadelphia and Police Clash at Wells Fargo
Occupy Philadelphia protested around Center City today with the intention of taking their word to Philadelphia’s banks. While they were shouting obscenities regarding all banks (some the banking structure, in general), Wells Fargo seemed to be the main culprit. This is likely due to the School Swaps deal the bank infamously made with the Philadelphia School District, in which the school system ended up losing more than $300 million.
Around 1 p.m., protesters got to the Wells Fargo branch on the 1700 block of Walnut Street, where the 100-150 protesters vowed to shut the bank down. Things were relatively calm, though police blocked off the street much to the dismay of a horde of SEPTA buses and passengers.
Then, apparently, a man came up and attempted to use the ATM machine outside the bank branch. After some taunting from protesters, the interaction became violent (protesters claim the main at the ATM started it) and two Occupiers were arrested. Police did not answer the crowd as to what they were being arrested for, and many taunted the police saying they had lawyers now, and would see those police officers in court. Then, this ensued:
I will have a full report later on, including what I was told about the incident from those who witnessed it up close. I also got the perspective from tens of people viewing the protest, which was dispersed from Walnut Street at around 2:45 p.m.