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Occupy protesters have defied a noon police deadline to remove their camps or face arrest in Washington DC.
They have erected a “tent of dreams” around a statue in McPherson Square as part of their protest against eviction.
The camps at McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza have been Occupy’s most visible sites since the one in New York was cleared out in November.
The deadline follows mass arrests and clashes with police at anti-Wall Street protests in Oakland, California.
No arrests had been made by late Monday afternoon.
The enormous blue “tent of dreams”, decorated with crescent moons and shooting stars, bears a sign saying: “Let us sleep so we can dream”, marking the intention of the protesters not to evacuate their camp.
The crowds filling the square chanted: “This is what democracy looks like!” Inside were about 18 smaller tents, pet igloos and sleeping bags.
Occupy protesters said they were expecting supporters from other cities - Philadelphia, New York, and Boston - to join them on Monday.
In Washington, notices handed out by police warned: “If camping violations are observed, individual violators may be subject to arrest and their property subject to seizure as evidence.
“Any temporary structure used for camping also will be subject to seizure as an abatement of a public nuisance.”
The activists, who have camped continuously at the Washington DC sites for four months, will be permitted to continue demonstrating as long as they keep “one side of all temporary structures open at all times” as a safety precaution.
But some demonstrators say that the Monday deadline merely represented a change in tactics.
“There is no expectation that the site is coming down,” Annie Storr, an activist at McPherson Square, told the Associated Press news agency. “It is a paradigm shift.”
In a statement, the protesters pledged to “defend the public space we have used as our centre for activism”.
On Sunday, one protester was stunned by police with a taser for tearing down notices of the deadline.
A day earlier, about 200 demonstrators staged a topless party outside a black-tie event in the US capital. Among the attendees were US President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.
Also on Saturday, about 400 protesters were arrested during the night in Oakland, California, as clashes broke out with police in one of the largest mass detentions since the movement began.
Police fired tear gas and smoke bombs to disperse activists as they attempted to enter the City Hall and an empty convention centre.
In response, demonstrators flung bottles, rocks and other objects at the police.
Afterwards, Occupy Oakland said on Twitter: “We didn’t get in the building, but fought like our future depended on it.”
Much chatter has been written considering the obligation of local governments to protect the occupiers from, well - themselves. A big ‘concern’ seems to be the weather. Many cities are saying they will not allow the occupiers to endanger themselves by letting them camp overnight. Gee, could this just be a ruse to dislodge those actively defending the rights of all.
Oddly enough, protesters in Fairbanks have already survived a month of camping in weather extremes that most can not fathom. We can all learn from their resolve and techniques at winter-camping survival. (Sadly, they too are fighting for their rights to camp and protest.)
We are not mentally deficient, we can decide if we are able to survive the winter. Of course, we can not if you continue to take away our tents, sleeping bags and tarps.
I know it is quite predictable for there to be a ‘we’re too cool’ for the occupations backlash, but saying people deserve to be assaulted by the police transcends wrong. No one, no matter where they live or what they are peacefully doing, deserves to be assaulted. Protesting is not an active of violence, it is an act of peaceful non-compliance. Stop trying to be more cool than the next guy. Think about what you are saying. If people deserve to be assaulted, or at least should have known better, than what type of society do we live in? If we can not voice our opinions, confront our government, join together in peaceful solidarity, then we have nothing. No freedom, no voice, no humanity.
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Truly a beautiful illustration.
A decision by the Maryland and DC AFL-CIO not only gives support to occupiers in DC and Baltimore, but also give their support to others supporting the occupiers. This is an enormous step. The AFL-CIO said they will support any “unionized or non-unionized worker who refuses to break up, raid or confiscate the belongings of protesters.” We are not alone. The overwhelming feelings of fear an alienation, that many supporters of the occupiers experience, should be a little lighter today. We are not alone, we are a growing force.
Information taken from Washington Post
(Source: Washington Post)
Occupy DC Hit By Car - This is the Guy (with License Plates)
A video recap of the OccupyDC Student Debt March on 10/28 including heavy-handed police pushing protesters against walls and knocking them over, even damaging beyond repair one of our musicians’ trombones.
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The current Number of tents is about 155 and the numbers continue to grow on the weekends, so we are looking at supplies for about 170 people, our finance committee has some funding, but we are reaching out for donations -and or slightly used…
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