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Occupy protesters take message to Oklahoma Capitol

About 200 people gathered Saturday afternoon on the steps of the Oklahoma Capitol to protest a variety of topics.
BY MATT PATTERSON Published: October 30, 2011

Johnny Mansfield came to the state Capitol armed with a pitchfork Saturday afternoon.

Mansfield, 55, of Oklahoma City, was one of about 200 people participating in the Occupy OKC protest on the steps of the state Capitol.

The protest and others like it in cities and towns across the nation are a spin off from the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Taped to Mansfield's pitchfork was a sign that read “The peasants are revolting.”

Others in the peaceful but revved up crowd carried signs that read: “People over profits” and “Stop the greed.”

Mansfield doesn't fit the typical profile of a protester, but as a small-business owner he struggles to make ends meet and worries about what he believes is a massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to the richest one percent in the country over the past 30 years.

“The amazing thing about this movement is that it is leaderless,” Mansfield said. “It's people of all walks of life standing up and saying they've had enough. That's one of the reasons it's been able to stay in the news for so long. It has changed our national debate.”

Like Mansfield, John Scripsick, 60, doesn't fit the mold of a protester. The Wayne resident farms wheat and came to the protest clad in Wrangler jeans and a trucker cap.

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