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Posted at 08:36 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Occupy DC, others protest against Wal-Mart

At least 100 people held a flash mob and protest inside Union Station Thursday night, objecting to what they called corporate greed as a corporate reception was held in a separate room there.

The protesters, who included Occupy DC activists who had been camped out at McPherson Square, began about 7 p.m.

The demonstrators said they were targeting a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser by a group called Conservation International. The protesters said they picked the event because, they said, executives from companies including Wal-Mart were expected to appear.

Dozens of protesters shouted “Hey Wal-Mart, you can’t hide, we can see your greedy side” and “Bankers got bailed out, we got sold out.” One protester said he was there because Wal-Mart is bad for local businesses. Another released a bunch of balloons that rose up to the vaulted ceiling, and unfurled a sign that read “Are You The 99%?”

The protesters left after about 40 minutes, and no arrests were made, authorities said.

“We are not going to stop,” said James Ploeser, 30, an Occupy DC activist. “If there is a fund-raiser, networking, where corporations and government officials get together to conspire to dominate our planet, we are going to try to be there.”

This report has been updated.


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