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Bank Of America Shareholders Meeting Swarmed By Protesters (PHOTOS)

By Posted: 05/09/2012 5:55 pm Updated: 05/09/2012 5:55 pm

Bank Of America Shareholders Meeting

Americans angry at Bank of America tried to communicate their frustration to the bank on Wednesday, quite literally.

Protesters gathered outside of BofA's headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina Thursday to demonstrate against the bank's foreclosure practices, as well as its relationship with the government and the coal industry. The protesters, wielding signs with phrases like "stop corporate greed" and "Bank vs. America," came from a variety of organizations, including the Occupy movement and various labor unions.

In addition to the demonstrations outside, BofA officials faced protests inside the meeting. Disgruntled shareholders aimed to force votes on controversial proposals. BofA isn’t the first big bank to face criticism at its shareholders meeting though. Dozens of protesters were arrested last month outside Wells Fargo's San Francisco headquarters during the bank’s shareholder meeting.

Citigroup's shareholders also struck down its CEO's pay package in what some characterized as a revolt last month. FirstMerit, a regional bank, followed suit shortly after.

Check out photos from the protests outside of the BofA shareholders meeting:

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  • CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 9: An activist shouts while protesting outside of the annual Bank of America Corp. shareholders meeting on May 9, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Protesters from several movements including the 99 Percent Power movement converged on the annual shareholders meeting to protest a range of issues and actions. (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 9: Police officers arrest a protester after he tried to jump a barrier outside of the annual Bank of America Corp. shareholders meeting on May 9, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Protesters from several movements including the 99 Percent Power movement converged on the annual shareholders meeting to protest a range of issues and actions. (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 9: An activist shouts while protesting outside of the annual Bank of America Corp. shareholders meeting on May 9, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Protesters from several movements including the 99 Percent Power movement converged on the annual shareholders meeting to protest a range of issues and actions. (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 9: An activist shouts while protesting outside of the annual Bank of America Corp. shareholders meeting on May 9, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Protesters from several movements including the 99 Percent Power movement converged on the annual shareholders meeting to protest a range of issues and actions. (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 9: A protester takes a break while protesting outside of the annual Bank of America Corp. shareholders meeting on May 9, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Protesters from several movements including the 99 Percent Power movement converged on the annual shareholders meeting to protest a range of issues and actions. (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 9: An activist shouts while protesting outside of the annual Bank of America Corp. shareholders meeting on May 9, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Protesters from several movements including the 99 Percent Power movement converged on the annual shareholders meeting to protest a range of issues and actions. (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 9: Police officers arrest a protester after he tried to jump a barrier outside of the annual Bank of America Corp. shareholders meeting on May 9, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Protesters from several movements including the 99 Percent Power movement converged on the annual shareholders meeting to protest a range of issues and actions. (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 9: An activist shouts while protesting outside of the annual Bank of America Corp. shareholders meeting on May 9, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Protesters from several movements including the 99 Percent Power movement converged on the annual shareholders meeting to protest a range of issues and actions. (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 9: An activist shouts while protesting outside of the annual Bank of America Corp. shareholders meeting on May 9, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Protesters from several movements including the 99 Percent Power movement converged on the annual shareholders meeting to protest a range of issues and actions. (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 9: An activist shouts while protesting outside of the annual Bank of America Corp. shareholders meeting on May 9, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Protesters from several movements including the 99 Percent Power movement converged on the annual shareholders meeting to protest a range of issues and actions. (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 9: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers arrest a protester after he tried to jump a barrier outside of the annual Bank of America Corp. shareholders meeting on May 9, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Protesters from several movements including the 99 Percent Power movement converged on the annual shareholders meeting to protest a range of issues and actions. (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 9: An activist shouts while protesting outside of the annual Bank of America Corp. shareholders meeting on May 9, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Protesters from several movements including the 99 Percent Power movement converged on the annual shareholders meeting to protest a range of issues and actions. (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 9: An activist shouts while protesting outside of the annual Bank of America Corp. shareholders meeting on May 9, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Protesters from several movements including the 99 Percent Power movement converged on the annual shareholders meeting to protest a range of issues and actions. (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 9: Han Shan, an Occupy Wall Street protester, makes a 1 percent shirt while protesting outside of the annual Bank of America Corp. shareholders meeting on May 9, in Charlotte, N.C. The 99 Percent Spring movement drew inspiration from the Occupy Wall Street movement and covers a range of issues and actions. (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 9: An activist with the 99 Percent Power movement protests outside of the annual Bank of America Corp. shareholders meeting on May 9, in Charlotte, N.C. The 99 Percent Spring movement drew inspiration from the Occupy Wall Street movement and covers a range of issues and actions. (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 9: Activists with the 99 Percent Power movement protest outside of the annual Bank of America Corp. shareholders meeting on May 9, in Charlotte, N.C. The 99 Percent Spring movement drew inspiration from the Occupy Wall Street movement and covers a range of issues and actions. (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 9: Activists with the 99 Percent Spring movement perform a boxing routine outside of the annual Bank of America Corp. shareholders meeting on May 9, in Charlotte, N.C. The 99 Percent Spring movement drew inspiration from the Occupy Wall Street movement and covers a range of issues and actions. (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

  • CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 9: Activists with the 99 Percent Power movement protest outside of the annual Bank of America Corp. shareholders meeting on May 9, in Charlotte, N.C. The 99 Percent Spring movement drew inspiration from the Occupy Wall Street movement and covers a range of issues and actions associated with seeking 'economic justice for all'. (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Protesters stage a demonstration outside the Bank of America tower on May 8, 2012 in New York City. Community, labor and clergy leaders gathered to protest what they said were Bank of America's 'predatory pursuit of profits' by forclosing on millions of homes throughout the U.S. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Demonstrators Protest Outside Of Bank Of America's New York Headquarters

    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Police arrest a protester who blocked Sixth Avenue during a demonstration outside the Bank of America tower on May 8, 2012 in New York City. Community, labor and clergy leaders gathered to protest what they said were Bank of America's 'predatory pursuit of profits' by forclosing on millions of homes throughout the U.S. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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