Posted Monday, December 5, 2011, 5:48 AM
As described in a video-containing article by Christopher Santarelli for Glenn Beck’s news website, The Blaze, the apparent attempt of Occuparasites at the Washington, DC edition of Loserpalooza to re-enact memorable barn-raising scenes from Witness and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was an abject failure.
According to Santarelli’s article, “Arrests Made At Occupy DC After Protesters Build Barn-like Structure”:
U.S. Park Police have arrested several Occupy D.C. protesters who refused to dismantle an unfinished wooden structure they built in a park overnight.
On Sunday morning, police told them they would need a permit and gave them an hour to disassemble it.
When the protesters failed to comply, officers arrested several protesters. After an hours-long standoff which drew as many as 200 people to watch, an inspector posted a notice on the structure and later more protesters inside it were arrested.
Additionally, according to Santarelli’s article:
The structure in McPherson Square was donated by a father-son architect team, and one of the Occupy demonstrators told CNN that it was built as a place where protesters could stay warm in the winter and hold their daily general assembly meeting.
Earlier in the day police put up barriers around the structure and cordoned off nearby streets with yellow tape as protesters chanted “This is a nonviolent movement,” and, “Put the pepper spray away.”
WTOP reports that D.C. police SWAT officers arrived in the afternoon to help Park Police remove the occupiers who had taken up camp on or inside the wooden structure. According to WTOP, park police officers pulled out a Taser as they slammed to the ground and arrested 21-year-old homeless veteran Micheal Patterson, from Alaska. WTOP also reports that some protesters were calling the building of the structure a “barn raising.”
There were a variety of reactions to the article at The Blaze. Among them were:
“What_Did_I_Miss”: “Don’t underestimate these fools. Worry about the funding that paid for this. It came from well funded organizers that intend to use these useful fools for what ever they have in mind. If they achieve what they want they will discard the useful fools like used toilet paper but everybody will be hurt in the long run as the organizers take the reins.”
“wordweaver”: “Gee, if we could all just build whatever we wanted in public parks, they wouldn’t be parks for very long. They’d most likely be slums.”
“Eliasim”: “It’s an interesting time to be alive and get to watch tens of millions of people get used and manipulated just like some tool. Really it’s quite entertaining.”
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