A panel of the House committee chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) plans to hold a hearing next week to probe public health and public safety concerns at the McPherson Square encampment of the Occupy D.C. movement.
The committee’s Republican staff said the hearing would focus on decisions made by the Park Service that continue to allow protesters to occupy the downtown Washington park despite conflicting interpretations of the legality of the protests.
Unlike protests in other cities that occurred on city- or state-owned land, D.C. protests are on federally-owned property at McPherson Square — in the heart of Washington’s K St. corridor — and Freedom Plaza, just blocks from the White House.
The committee’s inquiry come as protesters continue camping at the downtown Washington site, despite a burgeoning rodent population and an incident last week where a protester left an infant abandoned in a tent.
The hearing’s formal announcement also came on the same day as Occupy Congress, a daylong protest on Capitol Hill organized by members of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
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