A small, but enthusiastic group of protesters marched on Downtown Florence Friday night. The demonstration was part of a nationwide movement spurred on by Occupy Wall Street. About 20 participants showed up at Wilson Park just as night fell. Three Florence Police Officers were on hand to provide an escort for the marchers and help with traffic control.
About 6:15, they took to the sidewalk and marched down to the Mexican place on Court Street, then turned left and headed for Tennessee Street, all the while chanting protest slogans and waving at numerous curious onlookers. The protesters ranged from about sixteen to eighty years old, representing a wide cross section of concerned citizens.
One of the march organizers, Somer Williams, told The Quad-Cities Daily that people are fed up with the monied one-percent of America having all the representation in Washington, while the remainder seemingly have very little.
The marchers continued back up Seminary Street to their rallying point, the W.C. Handy statue, and seemed quite satisfied that they had made their point. Several protesters said that this was not the last such march. They said their efforts will continue to attempt to bring about political change in Washington and at home.