Occupy DC Encampments Raided and Shut Down, 11 Arrested

 The long saga of Occupy DC, one of the most visible encampments in the Occupy movement, came to another head Saturday morning, when police raided McPherson Square. The raid took around 24 hours, eventually expanding to Freedom Plaza, with police using a "no-camping rule" to evict occupants and, by Sunday, clean up and clear out tents and other personal belongings of Occupy's former residents. WSJ:


WASHINGTON—Workers wearing masks and white hazmat suits began clearing a second Occupy D.C. encampment Sunday afternoon, a day after 11 were arrested and a police officer was hit in the face with a brick following a pre-dawn raid Saturday at a separate downtown park.

National Park Service police said Sunday's action at Freedom Plaza, site of a months-long protest just blocks from the White House, was a continuation of the enforcement of a camping ban that began a day earlier at McPherson Square. Both spaces are under the jurisdiction of the park service.

Sunday's enforcement appeared peaceful, though police with riot shields and an armored vehicle waited just outside the plaza as maintenance workers removed bedding and trash from the camp.

Eleven protesters were arrested during the raids, including one person who allegedly threw a brick at a police officer, and was charged with felony assault of a police officer. Here's video as it began to get ugly, but unfortunately the protesters featured are hurling misogynist invective at the police who allegedly sought to assault them. (Dudes of Occupy: do better!) According to the WSJ, "campers were struck with riot shields and knocked down by police." More barricades were erected, reports the Washington Post, and tents where Occupiers lived were summarily cleared.

Freedom Plaza's Sunday cleanup resulted in one arrest, and was less dramatic than the cleanup the day prior, though the amount of tents left after the raid was halved. Read more at the Washington Post.




AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at February 6, 2012, 3:14am

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