While you were sleeping, getting ready for work, or—most likely—doing anything besides being a protestor or a cop, United States Park Police entered the Occupy DC encampment at McPherson Square in riot gear at 5:30 this morning.
Earlier this week, a federal judge ruled in favor of enforcing a ban on camping in the city's parks. The police claim they do not plan to evict anyone; according to the The Washington Post, "officials will check the tents for sleeping gear and leave."
Some protestors complied with the National Park Service's deadline, which required them to break camp by noon on Monday. Those that remained set up an enormous blue tarp, the Tent of Dreams, which sounds more like a Cirque du Soleil knockoff than anything I've ever heard in my entire life. Protestors have now removed the tent. (It is, as yet, unknown whether they had the chance to perform any fanciful circus acrobatics inside before doing so.)
Last weekend, more than 400 Occupy Oakland protestors were arrested when violence broke out between demonstrators and law enforcement. So far, the raid on the DC camp has been peaceful: here's hoping it stays that way.
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