‘Occupy’ movement: thousands protest in Wash.



SEATTLE (AP) — Thousands of people are turning out in Washington state in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York.

About a thousand crammed into Seattle’s Westlake Park on Saturday before marching toward a Chase Bank branch. Protests also took place in Tacoma, Olympia, Spokane and in Vancouver, Wash., where about 700 people demonstrated against what they described as undue influence by corporations in American life.

The crowds comprised protesters from many walks of life, including labor activists, religious groups and antiwar protesters.

The Occupy Wall Street movement began about a month ago and has inspired similar protests around the globe.