Police Respond as Occupy Protests 'Violence of Capitalism'

Police raided Occupy DC Saturday morning.

Police in riot gear and on horseback entered the McPherson Square encampment in Northwest D.C. this morning around 5:30 a.m. and began collecting pallets and other items from the campers.

Helicopters hovered overhead and a firehose was rolled out by U. S. Park Police as the protesters watched. Police have told the Occupiers that they they want them to clear area around the camp’s tarp-covered “Tent of Dreams.”

Despite the massive police presence, the protesters are being told that police officials will check the tents for sleeping gear and leave.

After 400 protesters were arrested last week, an Occupy march is also planned in Oakland today.

Marie, speaking as a representative of the movement, was unapologetic. “The war in the streets is a visible manifestation of the invisible war on the poor . . . the violence of the capitalist system.”