Wells Fargo Bank targeted by protestors

13 October 2011

Demonstrators in the US have targeted Wells Fargo Bank in their protests over high financial industry wage packets.

Following on from remonstrations on Wall Street in September, 11 people were arrested when they blocked entrances to the San Francisco-based headquarters of the lender.

After being handed a court appearance order, the individuals rejoined other protestors - taking the overall number to about 200 - in front of the institute.

An employee of the bank, who wished to remain anonymous, said it is wrong that a corporate executive at the lender can make millions of dollars, while at the same time so many people are struggling to make ends meet.

She added: "If I didn't have to go to work, I would be out there."

A number of groups were involved in the demonstrations against the bank - which has been in operation for more than 150 years - including the California Partnership, Causa Justa Just Cause, United Here Local 2850, the Chinese Progressive Association and Young Workers United.

By Tony Aynsley

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