Vancouver Occupy event 20th largest in nation

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The Occupy Vancouver protest ranked 20th for turnout among similar events held Saturday across the nation, according to the New York Times.

Vancouver, with a showing of nearly 700 protesters, outdid more populous cities, including Sacramento and Philadelphia, the newspaper said.

“Obviously, Vancouver is a small town,” said organizer Stephanie Rotondo of Vancouver. “To be 20th, that’s just amazing.”

Not surprisingly, New York City, where the movement began Sept. 17, boasted the largest turnout with 6,750.

The New York Times developed the ranking from a compilation of media reports about the protests in U.S. cities, according to its website.

Vancouver was one of 951 cities around the world that held Occupy events Saturday, according to United for Global Change, the main site for organizing the protests that day.

Vancouver organizers would like to maintain the momentum by holding future rallies, but there are not yet any concrete plans, Rotondo said.

They will hold another brainstorming meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the bandstand of Esther Short Park, 301 W. Eighth St.

The group is seeking an indoor venue to hold weekly meetings.

For more information, visit http://occupyvancouverusa.org/.