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Occupy GAIM Fizzles

Jan 23 2012 | 11:26am ET by Deirdre Brennan

South Florida’s version of Occupy Wall Street—Occupy Palm Beach Country—is staging what I’ve been told is a less-than-impressive protest outside the GAIM conference site.

While OPBC has been trying to rally the troops through its Website—“We want to make our presence loud, bright and beautiful, so we’re asking you to bring banners, puppets, horns, drums and, of course, a tent,” an organizer wrote—only a handful of protesters have thus far showed up outside Boca Raton Resort and Club, where the large hedge fund conference is being held.

Needless to say, we’d love some photos, so if any of you “banksters, billionaires and buzzards,” (their words, not mine) catch a glimpse of the puppeteering protestors, please send along a shot so we can share it with our beloved readers.

UPDATE (Tues. Jan 24): I just received an email from a reader who was surprised I said that the protests 'Fizzle[d]'. He linked to this photo. Perhaps Florida has different standards for a protest than I am used to, so apologies to those two dozen OPBCers who rallied against the ‘evil’ hedgies if I insulted their gathering. In New York, two dozen protesters does not a successful rally make…that is merely a gaggle of tourists.


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