National Park Service police are gathering around Freedom Plaza in DC to bring the occupation into compliance with a “no camping” rule. The Park Service denies that an eviction is going to happen. They claim all that will happen is an “inspection.”
The world watched yesterday as the Park Service conducted an “inspection” in McPherson Square, where Occupy DC was located. They first announced they would not be evicting. Then they moved through the camp. But streets surrounding Soon, Hazmat suit-wearing men appeared and were rifling through the property of occupiers inside tents, which were understood to be there symbolically but somehow were all “biohazards.”
The Park Service systematically dismantled all sections of the Occupy DC vigil that had been ongoing. They moved from corner to corner, relocating occupiers that were congregating.
So, here’s a video showing how the Park Service does “inspections” and what they might mean when they say they are coming to “inspect” the vigil today. (Of course, remember, as the National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis said in a congressional hearing, they take a “measured” and “reasoned approach” to handling protests.): [cont’d.]