This morning, there seems to be a few reports circulating that suggest Occupy DC (also known as Occupy K St) was evicted yesterday night. There was a lot of action from the park police as a non-permanent structure declared unsafe by the park police was dismantled and thirty-one people were arrested. However, throughout the day, this action unfolded in one quadrant of the park.
Occupiers were able to sit and watch this spectacle happen without risking arrest. And very few tents came down during the dismantling because occupiers were never told they would all have to leave McPherson Square.
For what it’s worth, Occupy DC released a statement on the winter structure that police tore down.
The modular structure was designed by professionals ‘to code’. It meets all health and safety requirements and is fully accessible. It is non-permanent, has no foundations and is not tethered to the ground. It’s designed to be movable every four days to protect the grass beneath the structure. The structure is fully sustainable–it is built to be entirely passively solar-heated and will feature a hydroponic irrigation system on the roof.
Occupiers consented to its construction at a General Assembly during the week of November 7th. It was deemed important to have shelter in order to protect the health and well being by preventing the risk of hypothermia or illness of those who come to the square to peacefully meet in the coming winter months. At a time when thousands of native District homeless struggle to survive in extreme weather conditions, Occupy DC feels that the structure makes a positive statement for equal housing opportunity and sustainable living.
A complete round-up of what unfolded yesterday at Sunday’s live blog. The post includes photos of a cherry picker used to get occupiers down off the roof along with photos of a “moon bounce” or “suicide cushion” inflated to allow occupiers the opportunity to jump off the rooftop instead of being tied up by police and brought down to be arrested.
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10:21 PM Occupiers from Houston, LA, Boston, Pittsburgh and NYC arrive at Occupy DC for “Take Back the Capitol” action (via @charlesdavis84)
9:57 PM Seattle Community College is moving to evict Occupy Seattle, which has been camping on campus
8:53 PM Someone intentionally sets fire to a tent at Occupy Augusta
8:30 PM LA Weekly publishes an arrestee’s story from Occupy LA. He mentions Mayor Villaraigosa showing up at the eviction:
…I recall, around this time, being surprised to see Antonio Villaraigosa standing, arms crossed, some distance back from the circle. It was, as far as I know, the first time he’d ever visited the encampment. Protesters in the circle tried to engage him and asked him to speak, but he remained where he was. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the image of his emotionless face as he observed the police converge upon the center circle…
And dehumanization while in police custody:
…We waited, arms cuffed painfully behind us. Various protesters asked to use the bathroom. At first they were told to wait, but finally the officers relented and took them to a cell with a toilet in it, where they were made to drop their pants and urinate with their hands still cuffed behind them.
When I heard that we weren’t allowed to take our cuffs off to urinate, I asked one of the officers if it were true, a boyish-faced Latino guy who couldn’t have been more than 22. Expressionless, he said, “Yup.”
5:16 PM For now Occupy Oregon can stay in Shermanski Park but city will not allow sleeping bags or tents.
5:13 PM Occupations get creative
4:50 PM Occupy DC participants plan to build another structure after yesterday’s standoff
1:32 PM From the Center for Media & Democracy, here is a photo of Occupy Boulder in Colorado:
1:19 PM Fascists beware! The Occupy Melbourne tent monsters are here.
1:11 PM Occupy Oakland has called for a West Coast port shut down on December 12 but port workers seem to be pushing back against this planned action.
1:09 PM 9 Occupy San Diego participants arrested
12:51 PM Wild scene unfolds as media clamor to see Occupy Boston try to bring in winter tent. The police say new tents not allowed and threaten to confiscate the tent if it is brought into the park. The occupiers hold a press conference and point out how the tent is flame retardant and is up to code. They call this a moment of pointing out the city’s hypocrisy, as they want the camp to be safe but won’t let occupiers bring the camp up to code.
The camp is handed this piece of paper (via @Fara1)
Check @Occupy_Boston Twitter account for a good play-by-play of the chaos that ensued at the gates of Occupy Boston over this tent.
12:50 PM Toledo Blade reports 3 were arrested when police broke up Occupy Bowling Green in Ohio
10: 25 AM Brookfield Properties, owner of Zuccotti Park, owes New York City more than $139,000 in business taxes. Must be great to be able to not pay taxes and still get all that tax-payer funded security protecting your property from the people of America.
10:20 AM Occupiers plan to bring a large winter tent into Occupy Boston. They expect a standoff with police but are prepared to try and bring it into the camp anyway.
10:10 AM More arrests at Occupy Oregon in Portland yesterday
10:05 AM Police arresting Occupy DC protesters yesterday during standoff over the non-permanent structure