“Give us our rights and we’ll give you the streets!”

Occupy DC takes to the streets during rush hour in response to the Park Police’s unnanounced search and seizure of tents in McPherson Park that day.

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Counter-protestors at Freedom Plaza are no-show first day

Freedom Plaza on Feb. 5, 2012 as Park Service workers in hazmat suits remove tents and belongings

CORRECTION: One to two dozen counter-protestors did rally as scheduled on Monday, a smaller than expected turnout. The think-tank FreedomWorks is also a sponsor of the counter-protest.

Counter-protestors didn’t appear today for their first scheduled lunchtime rally at Freedom Plaza, site of one of the two Occupy DC camps. A conservative think-tank called the National Center of Public Policy Research obtained a permit to protest on the east side of Freedom Plaza, planning a kick-off of “Occupy Occupy DC” on February 13. They can easily make up for lost time, however, since their permit extends through March 15.

Skateboarders often frequent the east side of Freedom Plaza

Freedom Plaza lost one quarter of its encampment on February 5 when Park Police conducted an inspection, removing any tents deemed not in compliance with Park regulations. The mood was distinctly different from the raid at McPherson Park the day before, when Park Police moved in before dawn with full paramilitary force, including helicopters with spotlights. Occupiers at Freedom Plaza have cultivated a friendlier relationship with Park Police and put up little resistance to the raid.

(Images by coolrevolution.net)

Occupy DC: The day after the raid


McPherson Park was muddy on Sunday and reeked of manure left by horses of the mounted Park Police from the previous day’s raid. Two mounted police remained and kept a relaxed vigil near the stacks of steel barricades, while Park Service workers scraped mud off of the sidewalks.

The park was significantly cleared out but several individual tents still stood, mainly on the west side of the park. People clustered around the library, untouched after being vigorously defended the day before.

A well-attended General Assembly gathered on the south lawn at 4pm.

(Images by coolrevolution.net)