Occupy Miami marches on 2-month anniversary
DOWNTOWN MIAMI, Fla. (WSVN) -- Demonstrators with the South Florida Occupy Wall Street movement held a march Thursday evening, as the global movement reaches its two-month anniversary.
About 1,500 protesters gathered at Jose Marti Park in Downtown Miami and marched toward the Brickell banking area.
The group 1 Miami planned the march as a way to protest what they call government corruption. The demonstrators are also rallying against big bank bailouts and in support of more jobs and better education across the U.S.
Several other groups joined in on Thursday's march, including Occupy Miami and other local movements.
The march comes on a day where tensions are rising between demonstrators and law enforcement officers across the nation. Hundreds of protesters across the country have been arrested, and many demonstrators and police officers have been injured.
The Occupy Miami group hopes that there will be no violence or arrests during Thursday's peaceful march. "The protesters should be peaceful, and I think they will be peaceful," said Don Carter of Occupy Miami, "and if you see any violence, then it will most likely come from the officers because that's what they're trained to do. They are enforcers."
One man mentioned that the protesters have a right to be heard. "I've seen the country turn into what it's turned into. I think their cause is good. I think the politicians who are corrupt have got to be changed," he said. "I think the American people have got to realize that they do have a message. They are not just a bunch of people who are bums, who can't work, who don't want to work or who are looking for something for nothing."
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