Shirtless women are likely not the types of guests most would expect to see at a conference full of Wall Street suits.
But they were in attendance at yesterday's Citigroup Financial Conference and they had a message for Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, written on their chests:
"Bust up Bank of America before it busts up America," the message read, a slogan they also chanted while Moynihan gave a speech yesterday.
Shortly after the first outburst, another woman interrupted Moynihan saying "This is International Women's Day," and then the event's audio feed went silent and played music for about a minute until Moynihan continued with "as I was saying," according to the Wall Street Journal's first-hand account of the event.
After the second woman was cleared by the event's security, a third woman jumped on a table, took off her shirt and started chanting, according to an anonymous tip to DealBreaker.
The interruption was brought to the Citi conference by CODEPINK -- a grassroots social justice organization that has held demonstrations at a variety of events ranging from Nancy Pelosi's speeches to a Karl Rove Book Signing. The protest at yesterday's event was in honor of International Women's Day, according to Business Insider.
Though all of the big banks have become a target of protesters in the wake of the financial crisis and particularly since the dawn of the Occupy movement, BofA has evoked an especially loud rallying cry.
That bank dropped a plan to charge customers $5 to use their debit card for purchases late last year, after consumers erupted in anger over the plan. Before scrapping the fee, Moynihan defended it, saying in October that his company "has a right to make a profit."
In addition to the debit card fee, BofA has stoked ire with some of its other practices. In February, protesters from the Occupy Our Homes movement targeted a branch of the bank in Detroit, according to the Detroit Free Press.
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