OAKLAND (CBS SF/AP) — Protesters converged on banks across the Bay Area and all over the country on this Saturday, dubbed ‘Bank Transfer Day.’

A downtown Oakland branch of Wells Fargo was not letting customers in as protesters crowded the entrance to condemn what they’re calling the bank’s investments in immigrant detention centers.

More than 100 protesters marched a block from the Occupy Oakland encampment to the bank branch Saturday morning.

Several protesters tussled with bank security guards who stood in front of the locked entrance.

A few police officers were on the scene but no arrests made.

Wells Fargo regional president Jim Foley stood at the entrance and said the bank would reopen when the situation calmed down.

Meantime, more than 50 people gathered in downtown Walnut Creek  morning to protest and encourage people to remove their money from various corporate banks.  Across the bay in San Rafael, hundreds protested at the Bank of America.

KCBS’ Mark Seelig Reports:

In San Francisco, protesters in the Excelsior District distributed letters with a list of grievances to local banks, specifically addressing the rising number of foreclosures in that neighborhood.

The demonstrations across the Bay Area come on the same day as protesters across the nation urged people to close out their accounts at major banks.  ‘Bank Transfer Day’ as it has been dubbed, has been propelled by the Occupy Wall Street protests.

The San Jose Credit Union stayed open Saturday in anticipation of Bank Transfer Day.  Some 30 new customers opened accounts there.

The grassroots movement urging bank customers to close their accounts in favor of credit unions by Saturday has more than 79,000 supporters on its Facebook page. It’s credited with forcing Bank of America to drop its plan to start charging a $5 debit card fee. At least 650,000 people have already switched to credit unions since September 29, according to the Credit Union National Association.

In Southern California, several hundred protesters marched through the financial district in Los Angeles.  Prior to the march, several dozen people gathered at California Plaza for an en masse cancellation of their accounts at Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase and other large banks.  Similar protests and mass account cancellations were staged in cities across the country.

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Comments (11)
  1. Jim says:

    This just created more inconveniences for those customers that are just trying to get on with their daily lives and it contradicts the national “close your account”movement because customers can’t even go in to try to close it.

  2. MacBayne says:

    Close my account? Evidently you haven’t paid bills lately, or you would know that it usually takes a check, or online transaction of some sort. Am I supposed to fly to the city of each one of my creditors/utilities and pay them in cash?

    1. Bill says:

      You can pay bills by mailing them a check, like our society has done for dozens of years. You can also open an account at a local credit union and continue to pay your bills online. Next to the moron poster who said we should shoot protesters, this is one of the most idiotic comments I’ve read in a long time. You should be ashamed that you not only typed this, but actually posted it.

      1. Hassan Ben Sober says:

        ..and you should be ashamed to take such glee in ridiculing a fellow human being.

      2. Barry Manifold says:

        Billy – why you so stoopit?
        You din eben get tje contradiction MacBayne was pointing out.

      3. matthew says:

        Bill, don’t be such a turkey… in order to write a check, you need an account at a bank… learn to think before you speak, will you??

  3. Eric says:

    lol it’s Oakland do you think that you stand a chance?

  4. matthew says:

    Oh Pleeeeezzzeeee….. Really….. Close out my accounts??

    Where am I going to put my money? Under the mattress?

    Nice try though…

  5. Tony says:

    As long as my fees are none to low and my bank mortgage stays low, (thank you Mr Bank for giving me the mortgage loan when no one else would) when would i want to switch and pay an ATM fee to get money out from OTHER ATM’s? Its not like credit unions are everywhere.

  6. mj says:

    After all these weeks this protest is shovel-ready.

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