From the PBS Newshour -- After Infusion of New Energy, 'Occupy DC' Shows No Signs of Letting Up:
Hari Sreenivasan reports on the 'Occupy' movement in Washington, D.C., where demonstrators have settled in after getting a shot in the arm from some
Hari Sreenivasan reports on the 'Occupy' movement in Washington, DC, where demonstrators have settled in after getting a shot in the arm from some energetic protesters who traveled down from New York City.
Weary but determined Occupy Wall Street protesters entered Washington in the rain Tuesday at the end of a 13-day march from New York that they hoped would inspire others to hit the road.
Carrying a US flag and an orange “people before profit” poster, they strolled in the Occupy DC camp in McPherson Square to the beat of drums, before going on to the Capitol building for an evening “super general assembly.”
“This symbolizes that we are a strong movement, very dedicated to our beliefs,” Cologino Rivera, 21, one of the original 20 or so marchers who set off from New York, told reporters.
Stopovers in Philadelphia, Baltimore and smaller cities along the 230-mile (370-kilometer) route lifted the final number of participants in Occupy the Highway closer to 50.
Its finale gave a fillip to the Occupy movement a week to the day after police stormed the Occupy Wall Street camp in Manhattan, throwing the nationwide movement against inequality and corporate power into crisis.
“This (march) was a sort of experiment, a kind of spearhead of something that I hope will be much longer marches,” said Mike Glazer, 26, an actor from Chicago who also walked the entire distance from New York.
“We want people to spring up marches right now in Toledo, Ohio or Fargo, North Dakota,” he told AFP just outside Washington, as his rain-soaked comrades enjoyed free coffee laid on by a bohemian cafe along their route.
“It’s one thing to stay in the park. It’s another thing to get out on the road and let everyday folks know what you think.”
Occupy the Highway reached Washington on the same day that a Congressional “supercommittee” acknowledged its failure to agree on a blueprint to bring the runaway US deficit to heel. Read on...
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