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Bizarre 'Dance Party' Protest at Jefferson Memorial Ends With Violent Arrests

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"I think some people thought it was a joke at first."

Here is the short version:

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Adam Kokesh is the man that Michelle Malkin called "an anti-war smear merchant in GOP clothing."

He now hosts a "libertarian" TV show for Russia Today called "Adam vs. the Man."

Nothing like a high-profile stunt to boost viewership.

Adam and company have professed outrage over the 2008 police action after a group of Libertarians stae a flash-mob dance event at the Jefferson Memorial.  A later court ruling upheld police action:

In the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit's opinion on the matter, Judge Thomas B. Griffith wrote that dancing in the memorial is "prohibited because it stands out as a type of performance, creating its own center of attention and distracting from the atmosphere of solemn commemoration that the Regulations are designed to preserve."

"Outside the Jefferson Memorial, of course, Oberwetter and her friends have always been free to dance to their hearts' content," Griffith writes.

So Kokesh and crew decamped to the memorial on Saturday afternoon to stage a little civil "danceoberdience."

It went about as you might expect.

WTOP-AM:

The group that gathered at the monument Saturday was there in protest of the upheld ban.

Andrew Sharp, one of the protesters, says they were told they would not be given a warning and would be immediately arrested if they started dancing in the monument.

"I think some people thought it was a joke at first, and then they started putting handcuffs on people and were very, very serious about it," says Sharp.

Sharp says there were about a dozen protesters, and five of them were arrested.

"It's good that only five people got arrested, but there were many more than that there that were supportive and were there to protest the ruling," adds Sharp.

The memorial was closed for a short time after the protesters were arrested, but was opened a short time later.

The DCist notes that, "A second protest has been set already for next Saturday, June 4 at noon, once again at the Jefferson Memorial. (Facebook invite).

Here's the long version of the incident:

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