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Protesters stage mock foreclosure on Wells Fargo Bank

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Paula Wissel
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KPLU
Protesters staged a mock foreclosure of Wells Fargo Bank as part of a tax day protest.

In a scene reminiscent of last fall’s Occupy Seattle protests, several hundred people rallied in downtown Seattle today shouting that the 1 percent needs to pay more in taxes. 

Activists marched to the Wells Fargo Bank building on 3rd Avenue and stretched large faux yellow crime scene tape around part of it. They pretended to auction off assets such as the CEO’s salary.

Rachael DeCruz, with Washington Community Action Network, helped organize the event.

“We’re just trying to highlight the facts that everyone here is paying their fair share in taxes and large corporations like Wells Fargo aren’t,” she said.

At 4:30 p.m., the group plans to hold a protest in Denny Park near Amazon.com's headquarters.  

Activists point out that, while the corporate tax rate is 35 percent, companies such as Amazon pay only a fraction or that because of tax loop holes.

Paula reports on groundbreaking legal decisions in Washington State and on trends in crime and law enforcement. She’s been at KNKX since 1989 and has covered the Law and Justice beat for the past 15 years. Paula grew up in Idaho and, prior to KNKX, worked in public radio and television in Boise, San Francisco and upstate New York.