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Occupy D.C. protesters plan big rally for Thursday

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Could this be the anti-tea party?

Calling itself "Occupy Wall Street" protesters carrying signs condemning corporate greed, global warming and other issues are taking a growing list of complaints into a third week.

It started small with less than a dozen college students. But when video of cops pepper spraying female protests went viral, the crowds grew.

Over the weekend, 700 people were arrested when they stormed the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. Major unions are now joining in as are celebrities like Susan Saradon and the protests are spreading across America.

The Occupy D.C. encampment in McPherson Square is small now but they expect the numbers to grow ahead of a big rally Thursday. Unlike nationally, the message here is focused on corporation's influence over politics.

In Durham, North Carolina, a Democratic congressman attended a rally, calling for higher taxes on corporations and the rich.

“What starts here is a movement to provide the support for that kind of specific change,” said Rep. Brad Miller (D – North Carolina).

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