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Occupy DC Starts New Phase With Hunger Strike To Get A Vote In Congress; Controversy Over Crime In District

6:49 AM, Dec 30, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- There is one member of the Occupy movement in D.C. still on a hunger strike. His goal is getting the District a vote in Congress.

Adrian Parsons will go into his 23rd day of his hunger strike Friday.

Also Friday, Occupy DC protestors want to start a new phase in their fight. They are calling themselves Occupy The Vote DC, and they plan a new phase of hunger strikes.

The new initiatives include an online petiton and a new round of hunger strikes with participants only drinking water.

The goal is to push Capitol Hill to recognizing full democracy for D.C.

DC Mayor Vincent Gray is among their supporters. He's finding himself in the middle of another controversy concerning whether crime is up as a result of pulling officers to police the Occupy protests.

Kristopher Baumann is the chairman of D.C.'s Fraternal Order of Police. He says the Mayor made claims that the Occupy movement has not caused any increase in crime on a local talk show two weeks ago.

Some occupiers agree with that statement, but Baumann tells 9News Now that isn't true. 

"There has been a double digit increase in violent crime and overall crime in the city, and as time has passed, it's become worse and worse.... in overall crime," stated Baumann.

Occupy protester Joel Northan said, "They don't have to surveil [sic] us 24/7. We can take care of ourselves."

Baumann has sent Mayor Gray a letter along with supporting documents that he claims prove the Occupy movement is to blame for the spike in crime. The letter states that violent crime is up 13 percent and overall crime is up 10 percent since the movement began on October 1st.

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