A group Occupy Astoria protesters stand Friday on the side of Highway 30 in the driving rain and winds gusting at more than 20 miles an hour, forcing the idea corporate greed and the struggles of the “99 percent” into the consciousness of passersby. Their signs break and their coats flail, but they'll stay through the night.

Protests started noon today and will continue 24 hours near Columbia Field, although organizers stress that this is only the beginning.

“We want to start a presence,” said Teresa Parker, occupier of Seaside and now Astoria. “We’re just not sure how.”

For now, protesters will stay 24 hours at the park — they have canopies but will run afoul of the law if they set up tents to camp. They marched west on Commercial Street to Bank of America and then the post office before returning to Columbia Field, where tonight they'll screen documentaries consistent with their goals, have people speak and clean up the field after their 24-hour protest ends tomorrow.

There will be another planning meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Labor Temple Cafe — 934 Duane St.


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