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Topic - Mcpherson Square
A group of conservative activists is borrowing from the protest playbook of the Occupy movement, encouraging demonstrators to camp out within sight of the White House in Lafayette Square next week as part of an ongoing movement demanding the resignation of President Obama and other high-level federal government officials.
Rep. Trey Gowdy blasted National Parks Service director Jonathan Jarvis during a House hearing Wednesday morning, in which he accused Mr. Jarvis of favoring "pot-smoking" Occupy protesters over American war veterans.
A handful of protest activity was reported around Monday's inaugural celebrations, with the most serious incident occurring hours before the ceremony when demonstrators marching through the Chinatown neighborhood in Northwest Washington smashed windows at a bank and a Hooters restaurant.
Eight months have gone by since chants about corporate greed and government accountability echoed off the office buildings in downtown Washington, but on Monday, protesters plan to take up their flags and megaphones once again as part of the one-year anniversary of Occupy D.C.
The wooden structure that prompted a nine-hour standoff between police and Occupy D.C. members was safe and strong enough to withstand wind, snow and the weight of at least six grown men, an architect said Monday in defense of protesters on trial for disobeying officers.
A member of Occupy D.C. on Thursday was acquitted of a charge of disobeying a police officer during an emergency because the officer could not prove she was at the scene of the crime.
The last of the Occupy D.C. encampment was swept out of McPherson Square earlier this week, but a dozen protesters began their first trial day Wednesday answering for their actions.
Although I get a lot of news online, I love to read real newspapers. You can linger forever on a particular page without getting eye strain, or you can physically flip it with gusto to show your contempt for what some editor thought should be holding your interest.
As the tents were coming down at McPherson Square, the dead rats and mice being retrieved, the urine and feces and filthy bedding disposed of by D.C. employees dressed in hazardous-materials suits like their contemporaries at Fukushima, Japan, I thought of the left-wing press. You see, I read the left-wing press.
Murder trial begins for Virginia lacrosse player; Georgetown civic group wants to install surveillance cameras; McDonnell, O'Malley tangle on TV; Police raid OccupyD.C. camp; Many Virginians without nest egg; Maryland 'robocalls' trials continue; Sulaimon Brown goes to traffic court.
Police in riot gear and cleanup crews in hazardous materials suits began enforcing no-camping laws in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza over the weekend, resulting in intense — and often physical — confrontations with Occupy D.C. protesters who resisted their efforts.
Dozens of U.S. Park Police officers have converged on one of the nation's last remaining Occupy sites and are inspecting tents there.
A federal judge on Thursday denied a request by members of the Occupy D.C. protest for an injunction that would prevent police from seizing their tents and evicting them from camps they have established in city parks.
The noon deadline Monday for Occupy D.C. protesters to stop camping in McPherson Square and another federal park passed without confrontation, but the rancorous group danced, played music and draped a gigantic blue tarp over a statue of Civil War Gen. James McPherson amid a strong police presence.
Occupy D.C. protesters gave a mix of responses Sunday when asked what they will do when the National Park Service begins its crackdown on their camps in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza.