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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Occupy Wall Street movement has picked up again in Minnesota after demonstrators re-launched their efforts Saturday in Minneapolis’ Loring Park and Peavey Plaza.

Saturday marked the six-month anniversary of the Occupy Minneapolis movement, and organizers plan to occupy both locations Minneapolis throughout the spring and summer.

The protesters say they support the national movement for social and economic equality. They are against Wall Street, but protesters note that their movement is made of individuals from various groups.

At both locations, police are keeping an eye on the protesters. At Loring Park, officers are visible, and at Peavey Plaza mobile cameras have been set up. But organizers say their protest is peaceful.

Occupy Minneapolis’ Ben Egerman said this re-occupy movement is the next step after taking the winter months to organize.

“Some of us were doing a lot of foreclosure work, that’s been very active,” Egerman said. “A lot of people have been organizing for a big mass day of action on May 1, so there has been action and rallies and planning going on.”

Update: protesters at Peavey Plaza left Saturday night after a confrontation with police. Protesters said they would return with fellow protester from Loring Park.

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