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Occupy movement spreads to Murfreesboro

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

About two dozen protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement held their first Occupy Murfreesboro rally and march on Friday.

Their message was for the nation's largest banks.

"They have the power to stop the foreclosures," said stay at home mom Stephanie McCullum. "I understand that it's going to cost them a little bit in the short term, but in the long run, it's what's best for America and would give the American people the ability to get back on their feet."

The protesters gathered at the Rutherford County Courthouse before marching around two blocks where Regions, Bank of America and SunTrust all have branches.

Occupy Murfreesboro spokesperson Yessi Vincent, a student at Middle Tennessee State University, told Nashville's News 2, "The purpose of going to the banks is we're encouraging people to move their money from the large banks, like Bank of America, Regions and SunTrust where we're marching today, to small banks, local banks, where they'll keep their money in the local community and support the local community."

Murfreesboro police escorted the occupiers through the street and down the sidewalks.

They chose to protest Friday so they could be back at the state capitol in Nashville on Saturday.

Larry Goff watched from a corner of the downtown square and said he doesn't believe the rally serves any purpose.

"They should be in front of Freddie Mac's offices or the government offices and the federal government offices," he said. "I don't think it helps at all. I think it's disruptive to the city. I think it's disruptive to the community." 

In Nashville, protesters descended on Nashville Electric Service on Friday but quickly returned to Legislative Plaza.

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