Occupy the Highway, a mobile offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, finished its two-week journey from New York’s Zuccotti Park to the District Tuesday. View live updates up until the group’s arrival at McPherson Square.
Tuesday 6 p.m.: The protesters walked to Freedom Plaza, where they met with occupiers about their next steps. Wednesday is being planned as a day-of-action, but specifics were being hammered out in a meeting closed to the media.
Tuesday 3:00 p.m.: Occupy Wall Street marchers who’ve marched 230 miles from New York have arrived in McPherson Square. They’ll be marching to Freedom Plaza and establishing a temporary occupation on the National Mall, according to an earlier press release from the group.
(View live tweets and updates after the jump.)
Tuesday 2:45 p.m.: A separate group of protesters have arrived in Alexandria from Richmond. “We’ve been able to spread the Occupy movement through parts of Virginia that would never see it,” said Zach Lewis of Richmond told the Post’s Patricia Sullivan.
Meanwhile, Occupy the Highway marchers are nearing McPherson Square.
• Tuesday, 1:55 p.m.:
Occupy DC media members say the city health department may screen for tuberculosis at the McPherson Square encampment.
Health department communications representative Najma Roberts said she is unclear of whether officials will conduct screenings.
• Tuesday 1:00 p.m.: Marchers have arrived in the District.
Tuesday, 10:37 a.m.: With 230 miles under their belts, the group of about 50 marchers were aiming to arrive the day before a congressional “supercommittee” was supposed to vote on a bipartisan debt compromise. Unfortunately, the supercommittee officially announced its failure to reach compromise a day before protesters arrived.
The Post’s Tim Craig is waiting for the marchers to arrive at the Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood Metro station, where they’ll continue their march to give a news conference at Occupy DC’s McPherson Square headquarters. A news release from the group indicates that it will temporarily occupy an area near the reflecting pool on the National Mall.
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