Occupy D.C. Protesters Clash With Police

WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Occupy D.C. members clash with police. Dozens of protesters were arrested after refusing orders to leave.

Andrea Fujii reports the flare-up created new tensions with police.

In all, 31 Occupy D.C. protesters were arrested Sunday morning after they refused to leave a structure that sprang up overnight without a permit in McPherson Square.

“Let the world know that America arrests people who put up structures, not the ones who are kicking families out of those structures,” said a protester.

Park and D.C. Police closed off the area and surrounded the building that an inspector deemed unsafe.

“We are a peaceful, non-violent movement and we don’t intend to put up any…” said a protester. “We’re just going to sit and they’re going to do what they want to do.”

Earlier Sunday morning, police had to remove Occupiers who refused to leave, using a cherry picker to get them down.

Not all in McPherson Square are supportive of the protesters—especially the homeless.

“They just want to be on TV. They ain’t homeless. They got a place to stay. They don’t represent us. Please don’t put us out of the park because of them,” said one.

Up until this incident, Occupy D.C. protesters and police had maintained a peaceful coexistence.

  • John Tully

    Well, despite Thomas’s very irrelevant comment, I’ll say this: Civil disobedience has its place. There is nothing in this article that suggests that the protesters were surprised or thought it was unfair that their being arrested (though the one quote suggests that maybe priorities are a bit off)–in other words, they knew they were breaking the law and were prepared to accept the consequences, and that to me is admirable and sums up much of what I like about the Occupy movement.

  • JJ



    • Ann

      If one is to make statements on the intelligence of others, it is generally wise to at least attempt to sound slightly educated. Your improper use of adjectives, as well as poor spelling, only makes you appear obtuse and irrelevant.

      I agree with some of the occupy movements grievances and I have a job and a life thank you very much.

      So in response to your advice:
      Get an education

  • topper

    Why do people hate them so much? Are they not doing what we all want to do – air our discontent with society today? What is so wrong with that? I for one don’t have the courage to join them, I would like to but wont because I don’t have the time or the nerve – but I don’t hate them…why would I?

  • Ann

    The First amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.

    They have a right to peaceably assemble, they have a right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. These are fundamental rights which our country was based upon and like the message of the occupy movement or not, we have a duty to uphold their rights.

    • JQP

      Ann, I don’t think anyone, any American, has a problem with citizens assembling to protest. This group of people, in all the time that they have been camping out in public parks have not accomplished anything. Not one of their demands has been met, and there is a reason for that. Disorganization and demanding instant change without offering viable solutions or volunteering to work with the appropriate officials to attain their goals. They have alienated a huge chunk of the 99% they claim to represent. They have been insulting, offensive and now, with the stabbing of a protester over the care of a cat in the encampment, it is just plain unsafe. There are some great festivals coming up that my children enjoy and that run past or take place in McKelden Square. One of them is a religious holiday celebration that we may have to forego. Now who’s rights are being trampled? Listen, I am one of the 99%, but these people don’t speak for me.

      If the people you are trying to speak for do not believe in you or your mission, then you are going about it the wrong way.

      The Buddha and a young monk were walking along a gravel road in their bare feet. The monk said, “My feet hurt so badly, the rocks are cutting me and I am bleeding. I wish that someone would cover this road in soft wool.”. The Buddha smiled and offered this suggestion, “Perhaps you should cover your feet?”. Seems like good advice.

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