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Mic Check: Occupy Disrupts US Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

Tim Mak

Occupy Wall Street protesters disrupted a U.S. Chamber of Commerce luncheon featuring the President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield.

The interruption at the Chamber’s office in DC was caught on C-SPAN, which was broadcasting Scott Serota’s speech about the future of the healthcare insurance industry.

ThinkProgress, which quickly posted C-SPAN’s video of the encounter, reports that the protesters chanted, “we are the 99 percent.”


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The Occupy demonstrators, using a call-and-repeat method of speaking, complained about Serota’s $2.5 million annual salary, and said that he “is an example of the 1 percent in the healthcare industry.”

Serota, the protesters allege, put profit ahead of human suffering.

The demonstrators appear to have been sitting at tables at the luncheon. As each protester was led out of the room, another would stand and continue reading from a prepared statement. This happened several times.

According to the video, those who interrupted the luncheon were led out of the room peacefully.

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