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August 19, 2019

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Occupy Las Vegas plan protests, zombie walk

People occupying the lot near Tropicana Avenue and Paradise Road spend their days planning—they’re planning a local concert, a zombie walk for Halloween and more protests.

The Occupy Las Vegas group plans to hold a series of demonstrations outside banks and the Vegas version of France, the Paris hotel and casino.

Group members upset about the economy and bank bailouts will gather Friday outside the Bank of America branch at 300 S. 4th Street from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., according to a media release sent from the group. Another protest will be held at a Wells Fargo branch at 4425 Spring Mountain Road from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 4.

Group members on the campsite or connected via the Web have decided the banks specifically, said participant Gina Sully, a UNLV graduate student.

“Those two banks are leading in foreclosures,” said Sully, adding that Occupy Las Vegas want their protests to be meaningful.

“It’s a series because we want to keep the movement and its message in the public eye,” Sully said. “We’re tired of the economic injustice.”

Supporters of the movement will also meet in front of the Paris at 3 p.m. on Saturday to protest the G20 economic summit happening in France.

According to Sully, the Paris location was chosen as a symbolic site that would express solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Sully said the demonstration will be moving on the sidewalks outside the Paris, but doesn’t consider the gathering to be a march.

“We don’t intend to prevent tourists from doing the tourist thing,” Sully said.

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