The sad, pathetic Occupiers march bravely forward, even as their numbers dwindle.
Several hundred protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement converged on the West Lawn of the Capitol Tuesday to decry the influence of corporate money in politics and voice myriad other grievances.
Organizers had touted the rally, known as Occupy Congress, as the largest national gathering of Occupy protesters to date and secured a permit that would have allowed up to 10,000 people to participate. By mid-afternoon, the protest appeared to have fallen far short of those goals.
Still, participants said they were optimistic about the strength of the Occupy movement, which began in September when protesters pitched tents in a lower Manhattan park. The movement has since spread to dozens of cities, including Washington. While many cities have moved to evict the protesters, the National Park Service has allowed encampments to remain in two public squares near the White House.
“I’m encouraged,” said Jon Wynn, 63, of Snow Camp, N.C., who traveled to Washington to attend the protest and visit friends. “There’s energy here, even if there’s not a whole lot of people.”
The protest comes amid numerous polls that show 84 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing, near an all-time low.
While the rally was mostly peaceful, there were some scuffles between police and protesters along walkways leading to the Capitol. By mid-afternoon Tuesday, four people had been arrested – U.S. Capitol Police said – one for allegedly assaulting a police officer and three accused of crossing a police line.
Mostly peaceful. Where have I heard that before?
Meanwhile, their Baltimore counterparts are now protesting juvenile detention centers or something.
Six members of the Occupy Baltimore movement were arrested Monday after trying to take over the site of a proposed juvenile detention center.The protesters gathered in the 300 block of East Monument Street on Monday afternoon.
Police said the four men and two women scaled the fence surrounding the property and tried to set up a plywood structure.
Officers said they asked the protesters to leave several times before moving in.”All of us are working together. We are talking with these individuals. We want this to remain peaceful. We are not out here to make a lot of arrests, but we want people to abide by the laws,” said Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley.