After months spent occupying McPherson Square, National Park Service police clad in riot gear arrived on February 4 to inspect the occupation and bring it into “compliance” with park regulations. Park Service police began to seize and destroy occupiers’ property. A slow-motion eviction unfolded as a team of Park Service workers wearing hazmat suits moved through the park removing tents. By 6:30 pm, Occupy DC participants had been entirely run out of the park.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday February 14, 2012 6:11 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday February 5, 2012 11:30 am|
National Park Service police are gathering around Freedom Plaza in DC to bring the occupation into compliance with a “no camping” rule. The Park Service denies that an eviction is going to happen. They claim all that will happen is an “inspection.”
|By: jest Sunday February 5, 2012 8:35 am|
Well, that was an interesting day.
I started this Saturday morning with a nice peaceful paintball outing in Capitol Heights, just outside DC.
I was planning to go shower, finish off the remaining half of last night’s pizza, and sleep. But then I read on FDL that THOSE BASTARDS WERE KICKING OUT OCCUPYDC.
So my plans immediately changed to scrubbing off the paint in my beard & hair (instead of showering), finishing off 1/4 of the pizza instead of 1/2 (I was hungry, yo), and hopping on the Metro to get to McPherson Square.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday February 4, 2012 7:44 am|
Police clad in riot gear from the National Park Service showed up to McPherson Square between 5 and 6 am ET. They arrived to make sure the occupiers were “in compliance” with the “no camping” rule for the park. They conducted an inspection of tents and seized any camping gear or sleeping materials they thought could be or were used to violate the rule.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday January 30, 2012 10:30 am|
Occupy DC and an encampment at Freedom Plaza called Occupy Washington DC both face a noon deadline that has passed. As CNN reports, the Park Service “will allow tents to remain in the parks, but protesters must remove camping gear and leave one side of the tents open at all times.” The gear will have to be gone, but the Park Service will allow tents, which have become a symbol of the movement, to stay up in the park.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday January 24, 2012 1:10 pm|
The House Committee for Oversight & Reform, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, held a hearing on the presence of Occupy DC in McPherson Square. The hearing was titled “Who Made the Decision to Allow Indefinite Camping?” and called into question the National Park Service’s role in allowing occupiers to have tents and engage in what Issa and other members of Congress believe to be illegal camping.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 13, 2012 9:25 am|
Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), continues to relentlessly pound away at the Obama Administration and the National Park Service for allowing Occupy DC to hold a 24/7 protest in McPherson Square for the past months.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 29, 2011 3:15 pm|
An Occupy Congress action is scheduled for January 17, 2012, outside Capitol Hill. It has been reported, also by the Post, that a permit application was submitted to the Park Service. So, it would seem the Capitol Police will now have power over this demonstration when it happens on January 17. (Whether they would be in charge of approving a permit or not for this event is unclear).
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 29, 2011 12:20 pm|
DC residents should ask the city and police what kind of crime and safety problems have actually arisen since the group began camping. DC residents should ask if there should be as many police on patrol as there typically are. And, DC residents should ask if the city can cut back on the number of officers so officers can get back to patrolling neighborhoods where their presence is actually needed.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday December 4, 2011 10:30 am|
Last night, Occupy DC put up a new non-permanent structure for occupiers and Washington, DC, community. Park police did not approve and asked Occupy DC to take it down. The occupation said they would not take it down. On Twitter, @OccupyKSt tweeted, “This structure is our way of escalating without being destructive; you can “smash” the status quo without smashing anything.” It was being put up for General Assembly meetings, teach-ins and other community building activities/events.
Two hours ago they began trying to take down the structure themselves.