On the 17tf of July, Occupy DC blockaded and shut down the Bank of
America branch closest to McPherson Square. Occupy marched in carrying
furniture which was to be used to occupy the branch, but the bank
expected the occupation and locked their doors in advance.
Occupiers then entered 1090 Vermont Ave itself, trying for the back
doors of the bank branch, but they too were locked. At that point,
protesters returned to the front door, blocking it with a sit-down
blockade for a while. The door remained locked, doing the job of the
sit-in whether protesters were blocking it or not!
Customers were effectively diverted to the ATM, where Occupiers asked
them to withdraw all their money and move it to a credit union. For
perhaps an hour, not only were the front doors shut, but the back bank
doors inside the main building were also shut, with building security
only admitting people with business upstairs. Eventually security began
escorting what few customers the band could still attract in through the
side doors of the main building, but the front door remained locked
until the bank closed at 5PM.
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Tags: Occupy DC, Bank of America
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States (load item map)
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