Police arrest 17 in Eugene bank protests

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Occupy Eugene protesters spent an afternoon demonstrating at bank offices, and 17 were arrested.

Members of the group told police in advance Thursday they were planning civil disobedience, and the police told bankers they wouldn't move against the protesters unless people refused to move on when asked.

The Eugene Register-Guard reported (http://bit.ly/vL55zP ) arrests were made at two bank offices, Bank of America and Chase, but not at three others. Most were charged with trespassing. One person was charged with resisting arrest.

Protesters numbered as many as 300 as they moved from bank to bank, some remaining at each office and sitting in front to try to keep customers from going in. Most of the banks managed to carry on at least some customer business during the protest.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com