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#OccupyDC Prepares to Defend Home
Jan. 30, 2012, 11:42 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
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1:40: After addressing media, cops circle around Tent of Dreams, leave.
1:30: Park Police commanding officer Schlosser giving press statement now, as protesters mic check him. Officer says “enforcement will be ongoing, no deadline for police action.” Says police will be back “when all of this is over.” Protesters respond: “You work for us, you work for the people! We’ll call you when we need you!” and “Evict corruption, not people protesting it!”
1:00: Hour past deadline. From Twitter: 4 Park Police came by, saw crowd and left.
12:40: Occupiers mic-checking the Declaration of the Occupation and someone arrived with a sound system for a dance-party! No major police presence.
12:30: We’ve heard mic checks from students dreaming of a world without debt-forced servitude, veterans hoping for a day when service members aren’t left behind by service cuts, and more.
12:15: Occupiers have finished creating their tallest tent to date — a 30 foot “Tent of Dreams” around the statue at the center of McPherson Square, referring to their slogan of “Let Us Sleep So We Can Dream.”
12:10: Reports of federal Protective Services and police sirens approaching. The park is swamped with media and reporters.
11:50: Labor, including a nurses’ union, has shown up to support!
Hey, occupiers! For a fun song about those tents, consider learning the old Civil War song “Tenting Tonight On The Old Campground”. It would need some new verses. But, there is already one about longing for peace. “Tenting” post with more info at our Peace Couple website: here.