Reuters is reporting that a number of Wells Fargo branches have been targeted for a possible terror attack after being the object of the Occupy movement’s ongoing harassment and direct actions for months.
Wells Fargo & Co. has closed three bank branches in New York City after they received suspicious envelopes containing white powder, a company spokesman said on Monday.
New York City Police told Reuters they are investigating six separate incidents of white powder reported at locations around Manhattan.
The Wells Fargo branches will remain closed pending further investigation by the police, bank spokesman Ancel Martinez said. The branch locations are at Third Avenue and 47th Street; Madison Avenue and 34th Street; and Broadway and 85th Street.
More than 500 protesters demonstrated at the bank’s annual shareholder meeting in San Francisco last week to express anger over foreclosures, executive compensation and corporate taxes.
There are many other examples of Wells Fargo being targeted, however–including actions scheduled for May Day (May 1) across the country.
This week’s May Day march through the streets of Seattle will end not at Seattle Center or Westlake as in years past, but at Wells Fargo’s main downtown branch, to protest what organizers say is the bank’s courting of immigrant customers while also offering investments in jails that detain them.
Marchers in other cities also plan protests outside Wells Fargo branches.
In recent years, a growing number of immigrant advocacy, labor and Occupy groups have called on Wells Fargo and other lenders to distance themselves from companies that profit from immigrant detention — including GEO Group, which owns and operates the Tacoma Detention Center
Here is left-wing activist Naomi Klein protesting Wells Fargo with Occupy about a week ago in San Francisco.