Saturday, November 5, 2011

Protesters Occupy the Kochs

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As planned, a good crowd marched around the hall in which the Koch brothers' front group, Americans for Prosperity, held a gala in Washington to celebrate their campaign for the 1 percent to take over America. The only casualties were three protesters, hit by a car. Accounts vary on who was responsible for the collision. Photo coverage of the Occupy the Kochs event here.

Twitter was filled with panicky posts from attendees, including Arkies who are part of the Koch entourage. Tweets from a politico in Fayetteville, Stefani Buhajla, are a good sample:

Over 500 #OWS protestors outside. TY for endangering our safety w/your class warfare, Mr. President.

When I commented that this protest sounded like free speech to me, she responded:

they have the bldg surrounded, Max. Are you kidding? That isn't free speech, it's an act of aggression.

Then

Well, the #OWS ppl have blocked off the exit to our bldg

Literally had to escape from DC convention center through screaming protestors surrounding the bldg beating drums.

Amdmt IX:Enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the ppl

Get it? Angry, shouting crowds can assemble and shriek to get their country back at town halls across America, to congressmen walking across Washington and elsewhere, but let some people stand outside a building where the Kochs are partying and it's a hostage situation. It is also, I gather, unconstitutional to disparage the Kochs.

Buhajla and other hostages apparently were NOT barred from leaving the building and made it back to their hotels safely. She was Twittering again this morning. It is no doubt uncomfortable to be faced with a large crowd that takes a diametrically opposite view of a political situation than you do. If anybody knows that, it's the Kochs, bankrollers of the Tea Party movement. A Forbes reporter compiled a storify assembly on the events with photos, video and commentary.

More Twitters from the Kochites:

Richard Caster of Mountain Home: DC Police, where the hell are you? Occupy wall street has surrounded our building! I'm actually worried to go outside .... We were hostages tonight and the police did almost nothing! (Check the tweets of this Tea Partyer. Sounds like he nearly went bonkers.)

Lee Doren of Washington: I need a lawyer! We were falsely imprisoned tonight.

Brittany Cohan of Virginia: Just saw the most awful video of #OccupyDC using a child as a human shield to try to get into #dream11. My stomach is still turning.

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