Monday, December 12, 2011

Occupy jail is gaining more and more participants by the day

By Rebecca DiFede

In a startling act of misguided idiocy, a group of Occupy D.C. protesters, as well as members of other occupy movements from across the country laid down in the middle of K street and linked arms, blocking the road in protest of all of the lobbying firms and “big corporations” in the area. When the police arrived and asked them to move, they refused, and more gathered to lengthen the chain.

After asking several times for the protesters to get up as they were blocking traffic down a major bus and car lanes and increasing commutes by over an hour, the police began arresting them one by one. As they were taken into custody (some having to be dragged because they refused to stand up) the surrounding crowd, applauded and cheered “We love you!” When asked to back up, or else be arrested with their friends, they quickly receded to the sidewalk but not without shouting chants like “Pigs in blue!” and “Who do you serve? Who do you protect?” How very Kent State of them.

As far as I’m concerned, these crazed occupiers have crossed the line. It was one thing to build the ever-expanding tent city in the middle of McPherson Square and, over time, allow it to transform from a healthy protest to a seething cesspool of the drug addled and vagrants. They held their signs, sometimes they chanted and asked questions of passersby, but up until this point, they had not disrupted the flow of life in the District.
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