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Occupy Port Jeff Protesters Take a Page From Dickens

Weekly protesters had a little fun by dressing up as Dickensian characters.

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Charles Dickens is known for his stories of life in 19th Century London, many of which were works of social commentary, criticizing the differences between the very poor and impoverished and the extremely wealthy who took advantage of them. If that sounds familiar to you, you're not alone in thinking that today's society is looking a lot more like it was in Dickens' time.

The every week were out again on Saturday during the with messages about the ever-widening gap between rich and poor in this country in the 21st Century. Instead of standing out in contrast to the backdrop of chimney sweeps and Victorian ladies, the protesters took a different tack and blended in with the theme of the day.

Their message was "don't let this become a tale of two cities" as one protester was telling people as they walked by.

Many others, dressed as Dickensian street folk, held up signs cut out to look like prison bars that read "debtors prison" with accompanying messages that said things like, "not a living wage" or "student loan debt."

Michael Mart, , was having a good time himself with being able to lend a literary slant to the social discourse.

His sign read, "Dickens gave voice to the 99%."

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