Occupy DC Returns with Plans to “Shut Down” K Street
WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Protesters affiliated with last year’s Occupy demonstrations in Washington are planning a series of events to mark the one-year anniversary of the protests.
Occupy D.C. participants say they plan to “shut down K Street” Monday morning, and they say traffic disruptions are possible.
Only 20 to 30 of the 200-300 protestors expected by organizers had arrived by the expected start time of 7 a.m. However, crowds grew steadily as the morning progressed.
A couple of busloads of people are said to be coming from Philadelphia to participate.
PHOTOS: OCCUPY D.C. PROTESTORS RETURN
The protestors were escorted through the streets by D.C. police. As of 9:30 a.m. there were no reported arrests.
The group would periodically stop their march in front of various businesses with whom they had an issue. The protestors issued a decree and voiced the grievances before proceeding.
The event marks the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the encampment in McPherson Square, just blocks from the White House. Occupy D.C. was an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York. The protesters lived there in tents for about four months before U.S. Park Police raided the square to enforce a ban on camping.
Protesters say they are focusing on K Street because it’s home to many top lobbyists. The demonstrations are intended to target corporate money in politics, among other issues.
WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.
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