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Bank of America Shareholder Confronts Protester

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Protesters took to the streets in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina.  Their target: Bank of America.

"What do we want? Pollution!  When do we want it? NOW! Stop polluting our air and water," yelled protestors.

"You know their largest financer amount top of coal mining. You know we want through the whole foreclosure process and those issues aren't over," said Charlotte Environmentalist Group member and protester, Sam Fulbright.

Protesters are furious because they say Bank of America helps finance companies that practice mountaintop removal.

"Between 2010 and 2012, they are responsible for contracts that led to coal powered plants being made and also moutatintop removal," said protester, Kim Porter.

Bank of America shareholders were meeting not far from the protesters focused more on what they call a major mistake made by the bank; the bank admitting it has four billion dollars less than it thought.

"This was the first time the CEO and the chairman would publicly speak about it and they said we're disappointed just like you are and we're trying to fix this and get to the bottom of what happened," says Charlotte Business Journal reporter, Andrew O'Daniel.

O'Daniel tells us overall, the CEO thinks Bank of America is heading in the right direction.

Things heated up inside during the meeting, but they got even more intense when the shareholders started coming out and meeting protesters, face to face.

"Greedy, disgusting water polluting individuals which is exactly why we are here to clean it up," yelled one protester to a shareholder.

One shareholder confronted a protester:

Protestor: "What about my dad's house?"
Shareholder:  "Where is that?"
Protestor:  "It's in Indian Trail."
Shareholder:  "And, what's wrong with it?"
Protestor: "Forecloses by Bank of America."
Shareholder:  "Did he make his payments?"
Protestor:  "He tried to."
Shareholder:  "Well, he didn't make his payments. He agreed to make the payments right? Did he make the payments?"

The protest ended peacefully however with many dancing and protesters hugging each other.

The group plans to go to Winston-Salem tomorrow to protest Bank of America again.


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