Occupy D.C. protesters in McPherson Square appear to be getting by on stolen naps and outright “sleep striking.”
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.
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.