Showdown as Occupy DC Protesters Defy Eviction

Instead, they erect giant tent over statue
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2012 12:31 PM CST
Showdown as Occupy DC Protesters Defy Eviction
An Occupy DC protestor at McPherson Square packs up belongings in expectation of an enforcement of a no-camping regulation, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The ban on overnight camping took effect at noon today in the Occupy DC encampments in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza, but protesters in McPherson Square show no signs of leaving. Instead, they threw a tent over the square's main statue, then gathered in front of it to prepare for a face-off, the Washington Post reports, citing a "party-like atmosphere" with a DJ blasting Rage Against the Machine. Tensions have been rising since yesterday, when a protester was Tased, but so far the Freedom Plaza encampment is reportedly quiet. (More Occupy DC stories.)

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