Occupy Wall Street Spin-offs Come To Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Demonstrators have organized spin-offs of the Occupy Wall Street protests in five Texas cities.

Hundreds of people were expected to begin a protest in downtown Austin on Thursday called Occupy Austin. A group of homeless activists were also expected to set up a campsite in a nearby city park. Organizers were using social media sites to coordinate activities.

There were plans for protests also in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and McAllen.
The demonstrators are building on the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, where thousands of people have protested corporate greed. Organizers say they are demanding that politicians pay more attention to average citizens.

Similar protests have started across the country. Each one is organized by a local general assembly, and there are no official leaders.