Occupy protesters march on K Street and up 18th (@KristinFisher via Twitter)
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The Occupy protestors are back on Monday morning, marking the one year anniversary of the Occupy movement in Washington, D.C. with two demonstrations: Shut Down K Street and Storm K Street. The first one left from Farragut Square at 7 a.m. Protesters will target the usual suspects: banks, businesses, and government agencies all along K Street corridor, including Goldman Sachs, Freddie Mac, The IMF, American Bankers Association and The U.S. Department of Justice.
For people who work at those places. you know what you'll be dealing with. These are the same kinds of demonstrations that you saw one year ago. Exactly one year ago, Occupy DC protesters first started camping out in McPherson Square. They lived there in tents for about four months before getting kicked out by U.S. Park Police.
Now, you can expect to see them back for what they're calling a "Week of Resistance" starting with the protests on K Street Monday morning. Occupy K Street retweeted a picture from Occupy Eye that states: "The finishing touches are being put on the #OccupyDC 1-Year Anniversary. Join us tomorrow, 7am ET, when it kicks off." Their plan on Monday targets major traffic arteries such as Washington Circle, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle and Mount Vernon Square so you may want to take a different route if you usually commute in through any of those locations.
Around 8 a.m. Kristin Fisher reported about 50 Occupy DC protesters had arrived in Farragut Square. They chanted, "Out of the park and into the streets" and the shut down of K Street was officially underway. Protesters marched down K Street and up 18th then moved south on Connecticut. DC Police were not pleased after a protester kicked a patrol car.
Then things started to get ugly. Protesters tried to force their way inside 1030 15th St. but were pushed out by security. (We have posted the video - WARNING: RAW VIDEO OF OCCUPY DC PROTESTERS AT K ST OFFICE BUILDING MAY CONTAIN LANGUAGE).
The protest then tied up traffic at I St. and 13th. Among the signs was one that read: "Middle aged and middle class. Also occupying."
In a very surprising turn of events, an Occupy DC protester was injured. She claims she got shoved by police. According to Kristin Fisher via Twitter, "To keep me from getting a pic of injured protester, a breast-feeding mom just stepped in front of camera & flashed me! #InterestingTactic"
Kristin Fisher is tweeting from the scene @KristinFisher.
The OccupyDC protesters will march from Freedom Plaza to the Department of Veterans Affairs at noon on Tuesday, we are told. Veterans will reportedly be among the protesters in front of the department.