Occupy Austin

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  • Tricia Belle Storie, far right, hula hoops during the Occupy Austin event that began Thursday morning in front of Austin City Hall. As the day progressed, nearly 1,300 people gathered to protest corporations and corruption among other issues with the government. (Photo Credit: Danielle Villasana)

  • Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo jokes with demonstrators at Occupy Austin outside City Hall Thursday morning. Acevedo said he is proud of the demonstrators in Austin because “they don’t let their message get lost in their methods.” (Photo Credit: )

  • People engage in a group-breathing exercise in front of Austin City Hall Thursday afernoon to relieve stress and provide a respite as part of Occupy Austin - one of many like-minded social movements inspired by Occupation Wall Street that began in New York City more than one month ago. As the day progressed, the gathering swelled to nearly 1,300 people who protested issues ranging from police brutality and student loan debt to corporate greed and veteran rights. (Photo Credit: )

  • Protestors lie motionless around fake coffins during Occupy Austin Thursday afternoon to protest the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Photo Credit: Thomas Allison)

  • Bill Flemming waves a liberty flag at passing traffic in front of Austin City Hall on Thursday afternoon, as part of Occupy Austin. Flemming was one of many people who went to protest social and economic inequality. (Photo Credit: Elisabeth Dillon)

  • Local yoga instructor Shabd Gian, right, dances with other Occupy Austin protesters during a makeshift musical performance outside City Hall on Thursday afternoon. (Photo Credit: Thomas Allison)

  • Steven Bigham writes a chalk message on the ground during Occupy Austin, in front of city hall. The protest started at 10 a.m. and gradually drew more people. (Photo Credit: Elisabeth Dillon)

  • Protestors sit in front of Austin City Hall Thursday afternooon as part of Occupy Austin. Among other things, they were protesting social and economic inequality. (Photo Credit: )

  • A demonstrator wearing a Guy Fawkes mask holds a sign outside Austin City Hall during the first day of Occupy Austin Thursday evening. (Photo Credit: Trent Lesikar)

  • Greg Elliott reclines with a handmade sign on the steps outside City Hall during a General Assembly meeting of Occupy Austin on Thursday afternoon. (Photo Credit: Thomas Allison)

  • Joshua Whisenhunt, a volunteer facilitator for the first day of Occupy Austin, instructs a crowd outside city hall about communicating with hand signals on Thursday afternoon.   (Photo Credit: Thomas Allison)

  • Like many who gathered in front of Austin City Hall Thursday afternoon for the first day of Occupy Austin, Macy Hashop creates a sign with provided materials such as poster board and markers. (Photo Credit: )

  • Deleigh Hermes, far left, and Hannah Carlock, far right, join hundreds Thursday afternoon for the first day of Occupy Austin in front of Austin City Hall where people gathered to protest a wide array of issues. (Photo Credit: )

  • A disabled demonstrator walks past an American flag with the words “sold out” spray painted on it in front of Austin City Hall Thursday morning as demonstrators gathered at the beginning of Occupy Austin. (Photo Credit: Trent Lesikar)

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