Occupy protest kind of killed D.C. vote protest

September 4, 2012

The original plan was that the rally, organized by D.C. Vote, would take place in front of Charlotte’s Federal Reserve bank branch — a symbolic gesture for an event highlighting the city’s lack of control over its locally raised tax dollars. But the bank site, only a block from the arena where the convention is being held, was too far inside the security perimeter to be practical. So the rally was moved to a designated “speaker’s platform” — a soapbox of sorts farther from the arena, where any cause can reserve a half-hour to espouse as they please.

The problem, as explained by D.C. Vote spokesman James Jones: Shortly before things were set to get underway, a group of Occupy-style protesters occupied a street near the designated rally area. In what Jones called a “huge display of force,” police swooped in, swept up the Occupy-ers and, in the process, cordoned off the area in such a way that many of the D.C. protesters couldn’t get to their protest.

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Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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