600 expected at Occupy the Midwest conference at the Arch

600 expected at Occupy the Midwest conference at the Arch

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Members of Occupy Wall Street group march in front of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel to protest against Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney who is attending a fundraising lunch at the Waldorf on March 14, 2012 in New York City. As the GOP primary battle looks to continue for a while, Romney is looking to keep his candidacy well funded following his defeat in Mississippi and Alabama. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Posted on March 14, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 14 at 2:07 PM

ST. LOUIS -- Organizers of the Occupy the Midwest conference in St. Louis expect up to 600 people from nearly 20 Midwestern cities.

The conference begins with a march to the Gateway Arch starting at 5 p.m. Thursday. Events through Sunday will include workshops and at least four protests, including one against St. Louis-based Monsanto over its role in the food supply, and one against Bank of America. Occupy leaders declined to elaborate during a news conference on Wednesday.

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The Occupy movement began in New York in September over concerns about economic issues, particularly high corporate profits and income inequality. The movement quickly spread to other places.

Organizers say the regional Occupy event in St. Louis is part of the next phase of the movement they say will continue to grow.

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