On the 28th of January, roads around 16th and K sts were barricaded by the cops to secure the “Alfalfa Club” a hard-drinking party for the ultra rich. The party is named for the crop’s heavy water consumption. Attendees included most of the Bush family, and yet Obama also attended in spite of that. Occupy DC marched on the barricades, making it difficult for the wealthy to pass if they picked the wrong entry checkpoint.
Vidio of the protest featuring more of the high points and some of the police violence,Clips from two other videographers used in the police violence sections as well as my own
In the beginning, the action was divided into “North Group” and “South Group” each probing the defenses around the Alfalfa Club by a different route. When the rich and powerful were spotted entering via a checkpoint on K st between 16th and 17th sts, both groups converged on that spot.
Glitter was thrown on the wealthy as they pushed through the crowds and passed police lines. At one point, “DINO”(Democrat-in-name-only) Joe Lieberman took a direct hit to the head and shoulders from a massive charge of golden glitter, symbolic of all that gold driving his career.
Soon, they started coming down an alley just behind the barricades instead, so a small unit was detached to try and stop up the entrance. They were able to intimidate the security forces, so few of the rich were seen trying to use that route, but there were not enough people to blockade all the possible entry routes.
Therefore, this detachment went mobile, running full speed from barricade to barricade. This led to police reports of “running protesters” that seemd to intimidate them.
Eventually the main barricade protests settled into a “part” mode until about 9PM, at which point the whole group marched up 17th st. Shortly there after it was reported that a group of women had charged police lines before being beaten and trampled by horses.
About a half hour after that report, there were two more horse charges into the crowd, aimed at forcing people out of streets the cops wanted for themselves. A number of people were knocked down and others were stepped on by horses. This happened in the area of 16th and M streets.
Shortly after 10 PM, the Alfalfa Club participanst began leaving, and they had to arrange for their limos to pick them up at locations avoiding whichever checkpoint protesters were present at. This did not always work, and a number of the ultra-rich had to run a gauntlet of Occupy protesters on K street.
A number of the “1 percenters” leaving the Alfalfa CLub by K st messed up their logistics enough that they had to run the gauntlet unescorted, while horse cops were still somewhere else. Eventually the horse cops caught up, but that actually escalated matters, as people were still angry about being assauted by horse cops at 16th and M streets.
At some times, the south side service road on K st reminded me of a “list” strip used for heavy-armor jousting! Police on horses would attempt to guard the ultra-rich in their tuxedoes, while protesters (and myself) would charge down the strip in the opposite direction to get as close as possible to the targets. Nobody managed to get past those horses, but it must have been very unsettling for the tuxedo-clad drunks exiting the Alfalfa Club.
Eventually the suits stopped appearing at K st, and again detachments set out to heckle them at other checkpoints. It wasn’t until midnight that police begin pulling down some-but not all-of the barricades, as the “important” people had probably managed to slip out of the Hilton by that time.
One more instance of police brutality was reported in the 11:30 PM time period. A number of women were pushed to the ground and beaten or kicked by police after some of the partiers had to run the gauntlet at one of the checkpoints.