Occupy Austin gets underway at City Hall


by Jade Mingus / KVUE News


Posted on October 6, 2011 at 5:12 PM

AUSTIN, Texas -- An anti-Wall Street rally was underway at Austin City Hall on Thursday.

Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, people were protesting all across the country and in at least five Texas cities. At 11 a.m., there were about 200 people at the Occupy Austin event.

Organizers say they want the rally to last days or even weeks.

Many protesters had signs displaying their message of corporate greed and the financial fallout.  There were also signs blaming the federal government for the state of the U.S. economy.

Some protesters in Austin also want lower utility rates and smarter government spending.

One man says he's protesting because he lost his construction business this year.

"I believe government has been corrupted by corporations and big money and that we have been sold out; don't agree 'greed is good' as Michael Douglas said," said Robert Martin.

Protesters say they plan to take shifts to make the protest at City Hall last as long as possible.

Several Austin police officers including Chief Art Acevedo are patrolling the area.

More than 7,000 people have signed up in support of Occupy Austin on the group's Facebook page.