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Memphis protesters show frustration over economy

About 20 people gathering for "Occupy Memphis" have rallied downtown to draw attention to concerns over Wall Street practices and economic inequality. About 20 people gathering for "Occupy Memphis" have rallied downtown to draw attention to concerns over Wall Street practices and economic inequality.

(WMC-TV) - About 20 people gathering for "Occupy Memphis" rallied downtown Thursday to draw attention to concerns over Wall Street practices and economic inequality.

Protests have slowly grown across the country in size and attention over more than two weeks, from a few hundred in Houston and San Antonio to tens of thousands in New York.

In Memphis on Thursday, protesters carried signs reading "Human Needs, Not Corporate Greed," and "Better Jobs, Better Schools, Better Government."

Twenty-year-old Alexandra Pusateri said the group's message is not necessarily about fixing the economy but "more about the politicians that are in place right now lining their pockets instead of fighting for the people."

Matthew Crewse said Occupy Memphis protests don't advocate communism or socialism - just fairness.

"The main, main thing is that the greed and corruption can't go on anymore," he said. "We have to change our ways or we're just gonna cannibalize ourselves."

President Barack Obama said Thursday that such protesters are expressing the frustrations of the American public.

On Thursday afternoon, Occupy Together "meetups" could be found in 575 cities that stretched across the world to places as diverse as Athens, Greece, and Wellington, New Zealand.

The original Occupy Wall Street protest in Manhattan increased its credibility Wednesday after thousands of union workers joined the ranks of dissatisfied protesters.

The extra boost allowed the number of protesters to reach a peak level following the group's original descent on Wall Street on Sept. 17, according to media reports.

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