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'Occupy Wall Street' Meets Rural America On Idaho Highway

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho - The Occupy Wall Street movement added numbers around the Northwest Saturday, with protests in Eugene, Seattle, Spokane, and Idaho Falls. It was part of a global effort that reached parts of Europe, Asia and Australia.

There was also an all-day demonstration in conservative north Idaho.

About 20 people brought signs to a busy corner on Highway 95 — the road that will take you to the Canadian border. It was the first gathering of Occupy Coeur d’Alene.

Twenty-eight-year-old Joshua Grise helped organized the protest on Facebook. And he said he was surprised by the reaction.

“There’s already so many people out here and we’re getting so many honks, so there’s a lot of people who are giving us a lot of positive support. More than I expected,” said Grise.

Another protestor, 17-year-old Maren Harshman estimated the group got “flipped off twice. But said there were many more honks.

“I expected a bunch of kids to come out. You know? But it’s not. It’s really varied. I’m really surprised,” says Harshman.

And there was another surprise for Harshman: her mother also came out to protest.

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