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Forget Occupy Wall Street, protesters are swarming cities across the country in response to government shutdown

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The United States government shutdown, now in its second week, has sparked swarms of angry protesters to descend upon the U.S. Capitol – and that’s not the only place to see protest action. Nearly 100 government employees, many carrying signs denouncing Speaker of the House John Boehner and the Tea Party, rallied in downtown Chicago at Federal Plaza to protest the shutdown. Meanwhile, in Lafayette, dozens gathered outside Rep. Todd Rokita’s Lafayette office to protest the government shutdown and show they disagreed with Rokita’s statement that 60 percent of messages coming to his office were in favor of the shutdown or the reason behind it. And thousands crossed the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday to protest the stoppage. Protests were also reported in Dallas, Phoenix, Detroit, Tallahassee, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Denver, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque, and other cities across the U.S.

Here’s a collection of their most interesting signs: