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Four U.S. Park Police officers patrolled the park for a brief time, reminding protesters that a bookshelf and table erected near the center of the park had to be removed by nightfall.
Park police spokesman Sgt. Paul Brooks said the officers were on a routine patrol of the park, adding that he knew of no police plans on Monday “specifically for any type of McPherson Square incident.”
D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said the department is “aware of the anniversary and we are prepared.”
“It is our hope that anyone who chooses to exercise their First Amendment rights to assemble does so under the confines of the law.”
Twenty-nine-year-old “Jonathan,” from Albuquerque, N.M., said he anticipates “a lot of cops” while “Brian R.” of Takoma Park said it is “hard to say what will happen” during Monday’s march.
Cleveland resident Tom Jayman said the march would happen along K Street, but plans for any action would mostly “be decided on the spot.”
“Having a set plan did not seem the most strategically viable idea,” Mr. Jayman, 25, said.
According to a post on the Occupy D.C. website, the remainder of the week will include protests at banks and an anniversary recognition Saturday for the Freedom Plaza protest against war.
Most of the people at the park were unsure whether the anniversary recognition would turn into another long-term occupation, but Ms. MacAuley explained that like the saying about having cake and eating it too, free speech and assembly are not limited by their popularity — or lack thereof — within the city.
“If you want democracy you have to have active participants in the democracy,” she said. “That’s who we are.”
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