Occupy Wall Street Goes to Washington: Occupy Congress Set for Jan. 17

Protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement have filed paperwork with the National Park Service seeking permission to demonstrate on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on January 17 in an event being billed as “Occupy Congress.”

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The application was filed by Tuesday by “Occupy Congress and Occupy DC,” listing McPherson Square as the group’s address and “Peaceful 1st Amendment demonstrations, including holding signs and group speaking” as its purpose.

About 50 Occupy D.C. protesters took to Capitol Hill on December 6 to protest in what they called “Take Back the Capitol.” Occupy D.C. organizers are hoping for at least 2,000 marchers for the “Occupy Congress” event next month.

In its application, the group requests permission to demonstrate from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. on the day Tuesday following a national holiday — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. However, whether or not the group’s permit is approved may be irrelevant. Protesters living in the McPherson Square encampment since early October have never had a permit to stay, and have yet to be evicted as has been the case with so many other encampments around the country, including Occupy Wall St. in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park.

“Submitted. . . . approved or not we’re coming. This will just make it easier to provide some basic necessities and structure to this event,” reads an update posted to the “Occupy Congress January 17, 2012” Facebook page.

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