February 1, 2012
By remaining in McPherson Square in downtown Washington, DC, Occupy DC protesters continue to violate laws against camping on federal land. Yet the National Park Service declined to enforce its own deadline of noon Monday for the protesters to leave.
As The Heritage Foundation’s Lachlan Markay noted last week, the Supreme Court has ruled that camping is not a protected activity under the First Amendment.
Instead of leaving, protesters dragged a large blue tarp over the statue of General James McPherson in protest.
Markay reports from the scene:
Authorities at McPherson Square told protesters and the many members of the media in attendance that occupiers were “definitely not in compliance,” in the words of one NPS officer.
Park Service spokesman Sgt. James Schlosser said that NPS would be enforcing the camping ban, but declined to say when.
Occupy DC is one of the last major Occupy encampments. The original Occupy Wall Street encampment was cleared by New York City authorities in November.
What is your take on the Occupy movement?