WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Frustrated veterans and their friends and families gathered at the World War II and Lincoln Memorials on the National Mall, pushing past barriers to protest the memorial’s closing under the government shutdown before turning their attentions to the White House.
Black metal barricades have lined the front of the memorial since the government closed Oct. 1. That’s when more than 300 National Park Service workers who staff and maintain the National Mall were furloughed.
Some protesters carried the barricades, that look like bicycle racks, more than a mile to the White House and stacked them up outside the gates, confronting police in riot gear. Some protesters carried signs reading “Impeach Obama.”
Police moved the protesters back to set up barricades between the crowd and the White House gate. Some demonstrators chanted “shame on you” at the officers. Others chanted “You work for us,” according to WNEW’s Heather Curtis.
Many of the frustrated contingent blame President Barack Obama for the closure of the memorials.