Occupy Protesters Rally at the Capitol
Protesters belonging to the Occupy movement rallied at the Capitol to protest against the influence of money on legislators. Several hundreds of people demonstrated in front of congressional office buildings in the hopes of meeting lawmakers as they returned from their holiday break.
Occupy demonstrators from across the United States converged on the Capitol’s lawn with signs against Congress and corporations. They want congressional representatives and constituents who haven’t been involved yet to realize that they need to take a stand for their rights.
After spending the rainy morning on the Capitol’s West Lawn, the protesters tried to get inside the Capitol and congressional office buildings. Capitol Police spokeswoman said that officers were on the scene to monitor the demonstrators. A person was arrested for assaulting a police officer and three others for crossing a police line.
According to a recent poll, 84 percent of Americans said that they don’t like the way lawmakers in Washington are not doing their job. Democrats and Republicans battled each other last year regarding the US debt and budget deficit. Both parties are trying hard to position themselves for the elections in 2012.
The Occupy Movement first gained national prominence in September at Wall Street in New York. It protested about income inequality and the greed of the 1 percent.