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Protestors Locked Out of Downtown Bank, But Make Their Point

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -  “Bailout? No thanks!  Bust up big banks!”

That was the message chanted by demonstrators Friday afternoon outside the Bank of America branch at 8th and Market in downtown St. Louis.

Demonstrators with Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) are still angry about the home foreclosure crisis.

A half dozen protestors were taken into police custody during a similar demonstration outside the Bank of America in Clayton last month.

Protestor William Teller, who doesn’t own a home but pays rent, says it’s time for banks to return the favor to taxpayers.

“(The banks) got $750 billion of hard-working taxpayer dollars,” Teller said.  “We just want to know when are they going to start bailing the people out?”

Relief can’t come soon enough for another protestor who wished to remain anonymous, but who says she is facing foreclosure at the hands of Bank of America.

“I have a sale date of next Friday on my home,” she told KMOX News.  “I have children, and I don’t know where I will go.  I will be out on the streets.”

MORE protestors attempted to serve Bank of America officials with a quote-unquote “summons” to appear before a “People’s Hearing” on March 5th, but bank guards locked them out.

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