K Street protests: Occupy, Take Back The Capitol set to protest lobbyists
(AP, ABC7) Dozens of protesters demonstrating against what they call corporate greed in America have been arrested in the District of Columbia.
Police say 62 protesters total were arrested. Police said 61 were charged with obstructing a public highway.
The day began peacefully enough. Thousands from across the country and here in the District split into groups and marched on some of the country's biggest lobbying firms in the K Street area.
On Wednesday afternoon, about three dozen protesters lay down in the center of a busy intersection downtown as police issued them warnings to move or face arrest. The protesters were carried into police vans as demonstrators on the sidewalk jeered at the officers.
Protesters marched across K Street in a demonstration that led police to shut down some of the city's busiest thoroughfares. They include participants in the Occupy D.C. encampment and other groups sympathetic to their message about income inequality.
"We came here to protest the fact that corporate greed and corruption and deceit are taking our country from us," said Amy Price, with Occupy. D.C.
Shortly after 1 p.m., there was a standoff between police officers and protesters at 14th and K Streets NW, one of the busiest intersections in the city. Traffic was at a standstill and cars were turning around, rerouting themselves away from the area.
Police were shoved as they tried to make arrests and mounted police were present, trying to restore order.
Police blocked off K Street while keeping a close eye on the group.
A tent was erected adjacent to McPherson Square, where Occupy DC has had its encampment since October.
District of Columbia transportation officials said the demonstration may impact the evening rush hour and urged drivers to avoid the area.
Occupiers are also expected to make their way to the White House and the Supreme Court on Wednesday evening.
For Occupy protesters, the actions come just days after 31 people were arrested in McPherson Square for refusing to dismantle a wooden shed they built on Saturday night.
An all-day standoff on Sunday between D.C. Police, Park Police and Occupiers let to the detainment of dozens.
Take Back The Capitol protesters, meanwhile, set up shop on the National Mall earlier this week.
While not officially affiliated with the Occupy movement, protesters have traveled to Washington to demonstrate against many of the same issues.
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