US protesters clash with guards in nation’s capitol

October 9, 2011WASHINGTONProtesters clashed with security staff when they tried to enter a museum in Washington on Saturday, prompting one guard to use pepper spray and leading to at least one arrest, a spokeswoman said. The incident occurred at The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum around 3:15 pm (1915 GMT), after hundreds of activists had marched from Freedom Plaza, near the White House, along the National Mall towards the US Capitol. Some of those in the demonstration were affiliated with the Occupy DC protest group that sprung up earlier this week as a spin-off of the larger Occupy Wall Street movement in New York, angered at “corporate greed.” Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas said a group of the protesters were confronted when they tried to push through the doors and enter the Air and Space Museum. “When they were told they couldn’t bring the banners they were carrying inside one security officer used pepper spray,” she said. “There were a couple of hundred protesters in the area at the time and Washington police were called. There was one arrest that I know of,” she added, noting that the museum closed its doors two hours early because of the clash. Occupy DC, a young group of several dozen protesters, is camping out at McPherson Square on Washington’s K Street, where many political lobbyists have their offices. On Friday its members greeted commuters with placards denouncing corporate greed. Later they mingled in small groups and swapped experiences with Occupy Wall Street participants who have come down to the nation’s capital. Protesters in New York, angered by government bailouts of banks based on Wall Street, began to gather on September 17, leading to continuous, increasingly high-profile demonstrations. The protests have since spread to other US cities. –Yahoo News
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9 Responses to US protesters clash with guards in nation’s capitol

  1. April says:

    Hi Alvin,

    Love your site!

    I wanted to let you know this story posted on Yahoo and many other main stream media sites is not really accurate. I was there in person yesterday at this protest of the Drone exhibit at the Air and Space Museum with the anti-war group Stop the Machine and in solidarity with some of the Occupy DC protesters who attended but did not plan this protest. About a dozen people in the group were pepper sprayed by security and it wasn’t real clear why since we were non-violent protesters. One member of our Stop the Machine group was arrested, a young women who was pepper sprayed directly in the face and fell to the ground.

    But the real story unraveled later, please read

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/08/1024352/-Conservative-Magazine-Brags-of-its-Agent-Provocateurs-Role-in-Provoking-Police-Action-in-DC-%28NEW%29?detail=hide

    Thanks,
    April

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  2. This is getting crazy. Here you have people trying to protest peacefully when other come on the scene and start trouble, which gives all the protesters a bad name.

    Maranatha

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    • goodbyemilkyway says:

      the ones causing the trouble are usually streetcloth or wearing black COPS or Military..thats why they disappear so fast..right behind the police lines…this has been proven time and again, most recent in Libya , the crowd grabbed the ‘bad’ protesters and strip searched them…found all kinds of gov i.d…..

      ya…is a smoke screen…we are all watching a game….a giant global game.

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  3. luisport says:

    BreakingNews Breaking News
    More than 30 ‘Occupy Iowa’ protesters arrested at Statehouse in Des Moines – @CBSNews http://bit.ly/nN0r9y
    há 55 minutos

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  4. luisport says:

    zerohedge zerohedge
    Protesters Storm, Occupy Hart Senate Office Building http://www.zerohedge.com/node/439015
    há 8 minutos

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  5. luisport says:

    nbcwashington NBCWashington
    por BreakingNews
    Video of demonstrators occupying Hart Senate building http://bit.ly/qt9phR #occupydc
    há 29 minutos » BreakingNews Breaking News
    Update: Protesters are being arrested at the Hart Senate building in DC – @ABC7News http://wj.la/pZy1OQ
    há 54 minutos

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  6. luisport says:

    BreakingNews Breaking News
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, files for chapter 9 bankruptcy to get out of its debt crisis – @WGAL
    há 28 minutos

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  7. Fillade says:

    Hello All, I have been tuned up since 9/09 on Rex 84 and all that flows from it. the OWS demonstrations spreading thru out our cities are a ripe plum ready for picking. The goons in control desperatly need a pivot point to lurch forward with their police state agenda. I see the real possiblity of devices being planted in these activities and the resulting chaos providing the premise to detain and relocate the protesters to waiting FEMA camps for interrogation. I know this sounds left field, I also know they are behind schedule and running out of time.
    Fillade.

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