01 Oct '11, 5pm

Boston police arrest 24 in US bank protest

NEW YORK: Twenty-four protesters were arrested as a vast crowd marched outside Bank of America offices in Boston, police said Saturday in the latest US demonstrations against corporate influence and greed. Nine men and 15 women were charged with trespassing for their part in a sit-down protest Friday afternoon, said Boston police spokesman Eddy Chrispin. "They were asked to remove themselves, and they opted to be arrested," Chrispin told AFP. Right to the City, the coalition of advocacy groups that organized the demonstration, said the event was held to protest corporate greed and to stop bank foreclosures. According to organizers, some 3,000 people marched outside the bank. Police did not provide a crowd estimate. A Bank of America spokesman dismissed the protest as part of "increasingly aggressive PR stunts," and told local media the demonstrators are ignoring the bank's...

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