Violence At Occupy DC
Americans for Prosperity held Hostage
Each November, Americans for Prosperity Sponsors an event known as “Defending the American Dream.” People from all around the country attend to show their support for restoring pride in the Founding Principles of our Constitution. A big hit during the event is The “Tribute to Ronald Reagan” Dinner. There were over 2500 in attendance this year.
I had the opportunity to attend the event for the 4Th time this year as a Blogger.
During the event we were informed by The Emcee that the building had been surrounded by the Occupy DC protesters, and that were numbered at about 500 or so. They were attempting to break into the building and were very aggressive. As a result of their activity the building was placed on lock down.
They were banging on the windows and placing children in front of the doors to keep those attending the dinner from leaving.
I left the Ballroom to get a look outside. The building was surrounded by them, security guards, and Police. They were chanting, beating on the building, and blocking the streets.
After the dinner was over we were told to exit in large groups to avoid violence, and for our safety. The protesters blocked all the exits, and people were finding it difficult to leave the building, and those that managed to exit were attacked with physical violence.
As I walked around the building looking out, I noticed several people being attacked by the protesters and hit with objects and their fists. At one exit they knocked down an elderly lady and surrounded her. At another exit they attacked people as they exited by allowing them to get half way or more across the street then grabbing the last people in the group and hitting them.
Not being able to exit the building I approached a Security Guard and asked for assistance. He stated that we were not to leave the building and placed us in an area on the second level to wait until it was safe to leave. We were a group of about 10 or more people, and we could see what was going on outside. It was at that time that I noticed no cars were driving through that section of the street. Then I noticed the traffic light turn green and a light colored vehicle entered the block, but was immediately surrounded by the protesters. It was in the left lane, and people were beating on the car, and yelling and screaming at the driver. The vehicle tried to creep forward, but the protesters keep blocking it. The vehicle then turned sharply toward the right side of the street to escape but several people kept standing in front of it. The vehicle then ran over a protester and sped away. It looked as though several others may have been struck also. There was a police car parked in the opposite direction with its lights blinking. It did not pursue the vehicle. You could hear the protesters chanting that the driver had struck a person and that the police should arrest the driver. After a few moments the police car pursued the vehicle with lights and siren.
After this the protesters attacked another group that exited the conference and struck two women. I then asked the Security Guard if he could allow me to leave. He stated that he could take a small group of us out a secret way. We then proceeded to walk following him. We arrived at our exit point but were told to duck down because protesters were approaching. The Security Guard went outside to check the area, after a short wait we were told to run toward the exit and to proceed to the right outside to the Metro Station.
When arriving at the Metro entrance we noticed about 10 – 12 Police Officers standing there. We could also hear the protesters around the corner, and many Police sirens.
Being a little nervous we entered the wrong Train and rode to the end of the line to correct ourselves to get back to our final destinations.