They are the 0.99%.
Four protesters were arrested and some tents and debris were cleared during a pre-dawn raid on the Occupy D.C. encampment in McPherson Square Saturday.
U.S. Park Police on horseback and on foot with riot gear swept into the park around 6 a.m. Several blocks downtown were closed for the raid, characterized as “further enforcement” of a no-camping crackdown that began Monday.
Despite the show of force, the relations between police and protesters remained largely peaceful. As police swept into the camp before sunrise, protesters didn’t resist but shouted “Wake up!” and chanted.
But four people were arrested when they refused to leave an area in the center of the park where workers were trying to clear tents, bedding and debris.
David Schlosser, a spokesman for the U.S. Park Police, said in a statement that parts of the park were being closed for “nuisance abatement.”
“This is not an eviction,” Schlosser said.
The protesters — who had been expecting a raid — felt otherwise.
“We’re being evicted without tear gas,” said Melissa Byrne, a protester from the District. “It’s just not as glamorous” as high-profile closures at Occupy Wall Street and other camps, she said.
Under the rules, protesters are allowed to conduct a 24 -hour vigil in the federal park but not camp out overnight.
After a lengthy negotiation, protesters agreed to remove the “Tent of Dreams” that they had draped on the statue of Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson on Monday. Protesters chanted “Solidarity forever” as the tarp came down and some suggested it be preserved in the Smithsonian as part of the history of the Occupy movement.
They really think highly of themselves, don’t they?
And don’t forget, these cretins are non-partisan or something.
The Occupy DC movement says it is non-partisan, but its rallying cry pitting the 99 percent against the richest 1 percent has underscored Obama’s message that the wealthy are not paying their fair share in taxes and helping to reduce the deficit.