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Occupy DC Protesters marched to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center with plans to block, harass, and assault conservatives as they exited an Americans For Prosperity "Tribute to Ronald Reagan" dinner. http://www.americansforprosperity.org
This video is part of a chronological series of short footage segments guiding viewers through some of what transpired over the course of three to four hours of speeches, marching, chanting, occupying public intersections and convention center exits, and harassing and injuring attendees of a well-attended politically conservative convention in downtown DC.
Synopsis of events the night of Occupy DC's attack on the Washington Conference Center:
1. The evening begins at McPherson Square Occupy Camp with fiery speeches. March up K Street begins.
2. A marcher is overheard saying "Let's start a riot". March continues in front of businesses (some open, but empty of customers) and office buildings.
3. Occupiers march past the front of the Convention Center and around to a back street lot where there are food trucks, a large "Fat Cats for Prosperity" balloon, rappers on mic, and a projection T.V. set up in a box truck showing Anti-Koch Brothers propaganda videos on the exterior of the Conference Center wall.
4. The Occupiers become divided on the next move to make. The well-groomed college youth, who seem to be the real leaders, get into heated arguments with scruffy anarchist youths who seem to want to "storm the castle" immediately. They try to direct the mob away from the projection TV, and a few walk to the back of the convention center. Meanwhile, the mob is watching the videos and there are people with boxes of popcorn bags walking around saying "free popcorn for movie night!"
5. After watching a few insipid videos the anarchists start to chant "turn it off" and the mob begins to drift to the rear of the convention center (L Street) and under a large enclosed walkway where well-dressed attendees are watching them safely out of reach. The protesters begin to scream, hiss, and boo as loudly as possible up towards the observers. They are finally informed by one of their leaders that they are waiting for their "comrades" who are running the "guerrilla drive-in theater" to join them to march back to the front of the Center. Eventually these guys convert their theater into a mobile version using children's wagons to pull a projector, speaker, power source, and player.
6. With all hands on deck they march to the front of the center and are directed to occupy the southeast intersection so "Those assholes can't get out!". The mob rushes to the intersection and squats in the middle, hindering cars from moving and almost blocking an ambulance on a call (this intersection will be blocked for around three hours).
7. At this point their strategy to imprison the attendees of the AFP's "Tribute to Reagan" Dinner in the building and parking garage begins to unfold (by the end of the night they boasted occupying 6 intersections, the parking garage exit(s), and all pedestrian exit doors).
8. First, a cadre of Occupiers storms the front doors trying to push their way inside. When that is not possible (thanks to the security staff!), they crowd against the doors and windows yelling and chanting. Finally, they form a human chain in order to prevent attendees from exiting the building through the front doors. The result of this action is the harassment and injury of exiting attendees, who are taken away in ambulances.
9. Next, they split further to occupy the other intersections, pedestrian exits, and parking garage exit(s). One police officer high fives a protester, and another told the Occupiers near him that "the streets are yours, do whatever you want."
10. During the course of the intersection occupations, irritable motorists had words and injurious contact with the Occupiers as they tried to maneuver through the occupied roadways. A number of Occupiers were taken away in ambulances. Throughout the night legal observers for the Occupiers were on hand wearing bright green caps and advising them.
11. Finally all the attendees had exited the building and the excitement had died down, so the mob was told by their leader that they "had won" and would go back to their camp to "fight another day". No dinner attendees or automobile drivers were arrested, but a number of Occupiers were.
This storyline will be updated and corrected as needed.