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Anti-Wall Street protesters gain support nationwide

How big will this movement get?

AP reports:

Support for the New York-based Occupy Wall Street has gained momentum nationwide.

Protests with names like Occupy Los Angeles, Occupy Portland, Occupy Chicago, and Occupy Boston were staged in front of Federal Reserve buildings and city halls this week. More actions are anticipated.

“I cannot afford not to be here," Frank Mello, a retired teacher from Attleboro, Mass., told Reuters on Wednesday in Boston. "I’m here to demonstrate that we are stronger when we are united and Wall Street is as powerful as we allow them to be.”

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Protesters occupy the lobby of a Bank of America before being arrested by police on October 6, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The demonstrators are marching to major bank offices to protest the role of Wall Street banks in the federal budget crisis and in solidarity with protesters in New York and other US cities.



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About one thousand people gather and form a large "99%" in the middle of Freedom Plaza during an "occupation" of the plaza October 6 in Washington, DC. Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement that began last month in New York, large and small occupations have sprung up in cities across the country.

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Fred Doores takes part in an "Occupy Austin" protest, Thursday, Oct. 6, in Austin, Texas. Concerns over Wall Street practices and economic inequality that have led to sit-ins and rallies in New York and elsewhere reverberated up to the White House on Thursday, with President Barack Obama saying the protesters are expressing the frustrations of the American public.

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Protestors chant and holds signs outside the the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas building in downtown Dallas, Thursday, Oct. 6. Protestors across the state marched against the current state of the economy and corporate influence on the government.

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People march near City Hall Thursday, Oct. 6 in Philadelphia. Organizers of what is being called Occupy Philadelphia say Thursday's demonstration is meant to be a stand against corporate greed.

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Demonstrators supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement against corporate power protest Thursday, Oct. 6, at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, in Portland, Ore. Police expect the Occupy Portland demonstrators will march downtown Thursday afternoon, disrupting traffic and businesses.

NBC's Mara Schiavocampo shares the latest on the demonstrations against corporate greed.