Protesters blocking Wells Fargo bank arrested

10 protesters blocking Wells Fargo bank in Des Moines arrested

Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Ten protesters blocking the entrance to a downtown Des Moines Wells Fargo & Co. bank have been arrested.

Police Sergeant Chris Scott says the protesters were sitting in front of the bank at noon blocking customer traffic. They refused to move and were arrested.

They were handcuffed, taken to the police station, booked on a misdemeanor charge and released.

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement says its members were protesting the company's refusal to give them speaking time at the company's annual meeting tomorrow in San Francisco.

The group wants to discuss the company's record on home foreclosures, lending practices, political contributions, and CEO bonuses.

Bank spokeswoman Angie Kaipust says the bank has a long history of responsible lending and community support. She says for anyone to say otherwise is simply not true.

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