Protestors from the OccupyDC movement plan to occupy the McPherson Square Metro station during Friday evening’s rush hour, meaning commuters should prepare for possible delays.
According to the Web site of the OccupyDC group they plan to meet at McPherson Square at 5 p.m. and leave at 5:15 p.m. to take the Metro to another nearby station in the District. They do not say where. The event is billed as Occupy the Evening Commute on the Web site.
“On Friday, November 18, Occupy DC protesters and other progressive groups will be bringing the message of ‘why we occupy’ to the people of DC,” the Web sites.
Many of the protestors have taken up residence at McPherson Square park.
As of 4:15 p.m., Dan Stessel, Metro spokesman, “We have no reason to believe there will be any impact on this evening’s rush hour. We’re monitoring it.”
4:55 p.m. Update: Four Metro Transit Police are standing outside the Vermont Avenue entrance to the Metro stop. No masses of people have moved from the Occupy DC encampment to the station.
5:06 p.m. Update: There still has been no mass movement of protestors to the station.
5:20 p.m. Update: Some protestors have walked to Metro Center to travel to Union Station. Protestors say they will pay to ride the system, and are not planning to engage other passengers on the train.
“We’re being low-key and educational. said Beth Becker, a social media consultant who lives in Silver Spring and has been participating in the movement at night. “We’re just trying to share stories.”
Becker said there is no plan to be disruptive. At Union Station the group plans to have an “open-mic” event and read stories and letters from people who have experienced economic problems.
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