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Occupy Austin marches to Chase Bank, Capitol

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The Occupy Austin movement took to the streets Saturday.

Starting at 12:00 p.m., demonstrators marched from City Hall, through Downtown, to the State Capitol.

On the way, the occupiers made a stop at Chase Bank at Sixth Street and Lavaca Street to withdraw their money and close their accounts.

"I closed my bank account because I'm sick of the CEO's of large corporations like J.P. Morgan Chase reaping the benefits and passing the buck onto us," protester Jonathan Marmon said.

Last Friday, the second day of the now 10-day demonstration, activists marched from City Hall to Bank of America for the same purpose.

Ihor Gowda has participated in the Occupy Austin movement since it started on Oct. 6.

"For the last few years I have felt corporate money influencing the political process is something that needs to change in the country," he said.

Saturday’s march coincided with an international movement against corporate greed and the role of corporations in government.

In Frankfurt, Germany, some 5,000 people took to the streets to protest in front of the European Central Bank.

Hundreds marched through the Bosnian city of Sarajevo carrying pictures of Che Guevara and old communist flags that read "Death to capitalism, freedom to the people.”

Hundreds of people also joined peaceful protests in Sydney, Tokyo, Manila, Hong Kong and Seoul.

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.

Photos courtesy YNN's Anne Szilagyi

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