Occupy D.C.: Still awake


McPherson Square (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Things have been quiet since protesters made it through a Monday noon no-camping deadline with the National Park Service, but things haven’t necessarily been easy, with sleep prohibited on park grounds. And though the big blue “Tent of Dreams” is still standing, technically no one is allowed to sleep under it.

Enter Ricky Lehner, the sleep striker.

Every Occupy D.C. strike has to have its standout star. (Remember Adrian Parsons, the local performance artist who got attention for his hunger strike in the name of D.C. voting rights? We were so much younger then.) And Lehner is leading the sleep strike movement. He just passed Hour No. 100 without sleep and is subsisting on cigarettes, coffee and company, according to Occupy D.C.’s Twitter feed.

Sleep striker @RickyLehner just passed the 100 hour mark. Seems to be holding up well w/ coffee, cigs and company. #respect #occupyDC

— Occupy Washington DC (@Occupy_DC) February 3, 2012

Lehner is also live-tweeting the experience.

After nearly passing out & being revived with coffee & a cig I now find myself very twitchy and tweaking a little bit. Let the fun begin lol

— ODC Sleeps (@ODCSleeps) February 3, 2012

DCist’s Benjamin R. Freed has more.

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