San Diego 'Occupy' protest shuts down bank branch

Occupy Wall Street protesters in San Diego caused a downtown bank branch to shut down Thursday afternoon.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says several dozen protesters sat down in front of a Bank of America branch, causing the bank to close early at 1:30 p.m.

Access to ATMs were still allowed though.

"It's not really a Bank of America thing," 26-year-old Michael Basillas told the Union-Tribune. "It's much more of a symbol, one of many banks that screw people over all the time."

The Union-Tribune reports that there were about eight police officers watching over the 30 to 40 demonstrators as they yelled through a bullhorn, "We are the 99 percent!"

Police say the demonstrators never entered the bank and no arrests were made.

The demonstration is one of several around the country over bank bailouts and economic disparities.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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