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Occupy D.C. Shuts Down K Street: Showing Corporate Lobbyist they can't hide from people power

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Washington D.C. October 1, 2012

The crowd began to gather at McPherson Square at 6:30 A.M. while others still ran back to the Peace House to drop off their belongings, many of them having just arrived in town from New York and other places along the East Coast.

bright and early by Cory V. Clark

The march didn't step off until nearly 8 o'clock despite it being scheduled to leave at 7 o'clock; however, when it did leave, it was done with vigor.

Taking the streets right from the gate, without fear of police violence or arrest.

Whose Streets No Streets by Cory V Clark

We're starting early with the shock and awe before the bourgeoisie can get their Starbucks.We're starting early with the shock and awe before the bourgeoisie can get their Starbucks. "We're starting early with the shock and awe before the bourgeoisie can get their Starbucks," said a representative of the Anarchist Alliance.  

Protesters led the police up and down several streets in a game of preplanned cat and mouse.

Catch us if you can by Cory V. Clark

Running down various side streets to get ahead of police and to ensure that building Security didn't get a chance to lock or bar their buildings doors before the protester had their fun.

This gave them the opportunity to enter several of their target buildings with little effort.
Whose lobby, the people's lobby by Cory V. Clark

  "This march reinforced the idea for people that the governments and corporations should fear the people, not the other way around, we can come in your house whenever we want and there's nothing you can do about it, that we don't want you to do, you can't stop the power and will of the people," said Rusty Shackleford, a 25 year old Auto Mechanic.

F*@# Monsanto by Cory V. Clark

Protesters entered a number of buildings crowding into their lobbies, not to commit violence but to have their signs displayed and disrupt business as usual.

Employees of several lobby firms had to wait patiently until protesters clear themselves from in front of the building, or building security unlocked the doors and allowed them to enter.

  "Civil Disobedience is necessary when the United States constitution is ignored, said Carl McClinton of the Progressive Black Caucus. " As long as we're not damaging property or harming individuals we should be allowed to protest anywhere we feel it necessary for our voices to be heard that's what our soldiers risked their lives for."

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