Occupy Wall Street spinoff pickets Niles City Hall

October 31, 2011 • Business

Members of Occupy Southwest Michigan, a spinoff from the New York protest movement Occupy Wall Street, hold up picket signs outside City Hall in Niles, Mich., on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. The protest drew about 40 people and followed an Oct. 12 rally by the group in the community [auth] that drew about 100 people. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Mike Hartman)

NILES, Mich. (AP) — Protesters inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement have held a demonstration in the southwestern Michigan community of Niles.

A rally on Oct. 12 drew about 100 people in Niles, and about 40 turned out for a follow-up protest Saturday.

The South Bend Tribune in nearby South Bend, Ind., says ( a number of drivers honked in support as they passed the people holding picket signs outside City Hall.

The newspaper says Niles resident Conway was holding a sign that said, “Tax the 1%. We are the 99%.”

The 64-year-old computer programmer says the U.S. has seen income redistribution favoring affluent people since the Reagan administration.

The group Occupy Southwest Michigan has rallied elsewhere in Berrien County, including outside Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton’s office in St. Joseph.

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