On the evening of the 12th of March, Occupy DC (both camps) marched
through the streets of DC and protested on the base of the White House
fence in defiance of newly-signed HR347, the Federal Tresspass law
protecting the White House, all the GOP candidates for President, the
G20,the Chicago NATO Summit, and the GOP and Dem Conventions.
Note to reposters and commentors: The 1st Amendment says "CONGRESS shall make no law," and it is Congress that passed HR347. The 1st Amendment does NOT say Secret Service can't remove snide comments posted to Obama's web page, it does however mean Obama can't have the posters arrested for saying the same things elsewhere, nor can progressives be arrested for protesting the Repugnican National Convention, Democratic National Convention,. the Chicago NATO summit, the G-8 which was moved from Chicago to Camp David, etc.
The March 12 action begain with a march from McPherson Square to Freedom Plaza to
pick up reinforcements. The three main banners of the march were the
entire First Amendment to the Constitution, at some times forming a
square formation three lanes of traffic wide. From Freedom Plaza the
march went to the White House, and the standard "civil disobediance"
center sidewalk location.
The Secret Service did not take the preoffered bait at the White House,
declining to interfere even when Occupiers stood on the concrete base of
the White House fence above the sidewalk. After about 1/2 hour or a
little longer, Occupiers re-took the streets.
At one point people were calling for a march on the World Bank and the
march began to head that way, but at the right turn to go south on 19th
st everyone suddenly decided to stop and block K street. After police
managed to push march into moving again, Occupiers stopped again,
attempting to hold an entire General Assembly on K street like they did
after the police raid. The cops were building up fast, however, so
Occupiers soon had to start moving again and returned to McPherson
Square for the GA. At one point, a K-9 cop in an SUV drove into the
crowd, only to be surrounded and driven back out, after which he stayed
about a block away.
In: Other News
Tags: Occupy DC, HR 347, Federal Tresspass law
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States (load item map)
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