Entries in Occupy DC (3)


Conservatives Try Occupying 'Occupy DC'

Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- An attempt by conservative activists to begin a month of counter-protests at an Occupy D.C. encampment kicked off on Monday. Roughly two dozen demonstrators showed up at Washington’s Freedom Plaza to launch what promoters had dubbed “Occupy Occupy D.C.”

The conservative National Center for Public Policy Research organized the event, which includes protest permits valid through March 15. The plan is to hold noon-time rallies every weekday with themes that “should resonate with every American,” according to a written statement.

Despite the low turnout the conservatives were not outnumbered by their progressive counterparts. The daytime populations of Freedom Plaza and the main Occupy site, McPherson Square, are typically low. They were further decimated earlier this month when National Park Police cracked down on a standing ban on camping in the two parks. Typically the majority of Occupy demonstrators assemble en masse only for nightly meetings or organized events, such as last week’s CPAC convention.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Occupy DC: Police Raid Camp

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Park Police clad in riot gear and on horseback raided the Occupy DC camp on Saturday to enforce a ban on camping in McPherson Square, a federal park, authorities said.

“They effectively removed any kind of bedding from the tents and they’re going to start searching them soon,” Legba Carrefour, a spokesperson for Occupy DC told  “We’re still watching this unfold. The cops are still here in force.”

Four people were arrested after stepping inside police barricades that surrounded a statue of General McPherson, Carrefour said.

Last week, U.S. Park Police announced it would enforce a ban on camping in the park.

Regulations in the federal park permit protesters to stay around the clock and have tents on the premises, however they are barred from sleeping.

A handful of Occupy DC protesters have gone on a no-sleep strike to protest the rule.

“People are focusing on saving their personal possessions. The plan is to regroup and then we are going to escalate,” Carrefour said. “Occupying isn’t limited to parks and squares.”

The D.C. encampment is one of the few camps still standing after the Occupy Wall Street movement began in New York City’s Zuccotti Park on Sept. 17.
Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Protesters Block DC Streets, Three Injured

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Streets in the nation's capitol were blocked by Occupy protesters on Friday night during an Americans for Prosperity summit and a Tribute to Ronald Reagan dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The Occupy Koch Brothers group gathered outside the Convention Center to protest the Koch brothers who partially fund the Americans for Prosperity group.  

The protesters, made up of several occupy movements, attempted to block traffic around the Convention Center resulting in a car driving into a crowd injuring at least three people near 7th Street and New York Ave.

According to the Occupy D.C. group, police in the area did not arrest the driver of the car involved in the accident because he had the green light and protesters were blocking his movements.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio