Occupy protests discourage Black Friday shopping

AP News

11/25/2011 5:21:00 PM - AP News
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Anti-Wall Street protesters are taking their message about corporate greed to Black Friday shoppers, staging demonstrations in shopping areas around California.In San Francisco, a few dozen people gathered in Union Square to tell shoppers that they should spend their money on education rather than buying clothing and electronics.Many of the protesters were from the Occupy movements in San Francisco and Oakland.They clashed with police when they briefly blocked cable cars Friday afternoon, until officers pushed them out of the street.About 20 Occupy Sacramento protesters marched from a park to a small downtown mall, chanting that shoppers should support local businesses. They made a stop inside a Macy's department store, where the group's leader asked shoppers through a bullhorn not to make purchases there.