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D.C. Protesters Arrested After Storming Senate Office Building

"Power to the people!"

Several protesters were arrested inside the Hart Senate office building Tuesday after they executed a planned invasion. The protesters were chanting anti-War slogans once they entered.

MyFoxDC.com has the video:

The protesters are reportedly part of the anti-war group "October 2011 Stop the Machine," and has been holding demonstrations in the city and camping out.

The Daily Caller reported Tuesday morning on the group's plans to disrupt work in the office building:

Anti-war protesters plan to storm the inside and outside of the Hart Senate Office Building at 11:30 a.m. today, with the intent of causing enough havoc to shut business down.

David Swanson, one of the original organizers of the October 2011/Stop the Machine protests — which is distinct from the Occupy D.C. protests in McPherson Square — explained the plan to an assembled crowd of less than 100, mainly elderly and middle-aged protesters in Freedom Square Tuesday morning.

The plan is to send protesters into the Hart building in small insurgent groups, which will begin causing chaos at 11:30 a.m.

“If you go inside, there are people who are wanting to go into the elevators and fill them and not get out and push all the buttons. If you like that, do it,” he said.

The activists also plan to block access to bathrooms.

“There are people who would like to sit down and block the hallways that connect that building to the adjacent building: Do that. There is a big atrium in which banners can be dropped from various levels and people can line up. People can gather at the floor level or around at various levels up above, and we are going to have chants and songs. And by all means, think of chants and songs.”


“We are trying to time everything to 11:30. We don’t want to have a march. This is extremely difficult to communicate. We want to avoid having a march,” he said.

A Politico reporter confirms six people were arrested.

And while the protesters are being linked to the anti-war group, liberal outlet Talking Points Memo says the participants are actually part of the Occupy D.C. movement and were chanting "Power to the people!" That wouldn't be odd, as the the anti-war marchers and the Occupy protesters have been working together in other cities.


Video from NBCWashington.com seems to support the idea that the protesters were a mixed bag. Their cameras caught protesters unfurling a banner saying "TAX THE RICH:"

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