Occupy D.C. protesters return on anniversary
(AP, WJLA) - Protesters affiliated with last year's Occupy demonstrations in Washington planned a series of events Monday to mark the one-year anniversary of the protests, and they still want to be heard.
Some Occupy D.C. protestors never left the movement even after police ended their four-month encampment at McPherson Square.
Ryan Lash, an Occupy D.C. protestor, said, "I was like, 'I think I'm having a pretty good time up here, you know, we're protesting the government, living in a community, free rent, free food and good thoughts'."
Lash added full-time protestors "live life righteously," sleeping whenever they can.
'I still live outside. Just cause they took the park away from us, doesn't mean they took bank fronts away from us," Lash continued.
Fellow full-time protestor Anthony Robledo insists that even while no longer occupying Zuccotti Park or McPherson Square means much of the media attention has gone away, they still spawned a worldwide movement.
"Sleeping in the park is no longer the issue. Now, it's time to change things," Robledo said.
Monday, protestors took to the streets, taking over K Street during morning rush hour. They also planned events throughout the night at Freedom Plaza.
Occupy followers say they remain connected through social media.
Claudine Harrington left her son in Australia for the anniversary protests, insisting the anti-one percent message still resonates with many.
"I'd say it still resonates hugely with the billions of people across the planet, especially the two billion living on less than $2 a day at the hands of global trade at the moment," Harrington explained.
According to the organization's website, after two marches from Farragut Park. protestors planned to snake off and form four separate marches to confuse and overwhelm police, creating chaos in the downtown Washington.
Protesters say they are focusing on K Street because it's home to many top lobbyists.
The demonstrations are intended to target corporate money in politics, among other issues. Lobbying firms, international and local developers and private insurance companies are also listed among the group's 30 targets.
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