WASHINGTON - More than 2,000 activists chanting "Predatory lender … criminal offender" descended Monday on Philadelphia's financial district and the local offices of Norwest Financial Inc., Lehman Brothers, and Salomon Smith Barney.

"In all cases people got in to meet with senior executives at the Philadelphia branches," said Steven Kest, executive director of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, which arranged the protests as part of its twice-yearly convention.

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