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7:57 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Socorro Man Arrested After Corporate Greed Protest

Albuquerque, New Mexico – ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRWG) Police say a Socorro man was arrested after nearly 200 people protesting corporate greed during a march along Central Avenue in Albuquerque.

Officers took 23-year-old Hani Barghout into custody Saturday for allegedly causing a disturbance while attempting to get other demonstrators to break the law.

The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/pBU4DF) says Barghout went into several businesses along Central from Yale to San Mateo harassing store owners and customers and spit on people while ignoring police arnings.

Police say he's being held on suspicion of criminal trespass, petty misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct and interference with communications.

It's unclear whether Barghout has a lawyer.

It's the second straight weekend that supporters of the Occupy Wall Street protest took to Central Avenue to demonstrate against corporate greed, environmental pollution and social inequity.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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