Last night, Occupy K Street-DC erected a new structure, “a people’s pavillion,” at their main encampment in McPherson Square. According to Occupiers, the structure will be used for General Assemblies, teach-ins, and other community building purposes.
They have also said that the structure represents the needs of the 99% who are being left houseless by economic inequality. They are claiming it does not violate city ordinances because it is not permanent and it is not exclusive. According to @OccupyKSt,
This structure is our way of escalating without being destructive; you can “smash” the status quo without smashing anything. #occupydc
This morning, police arrived and ordered the structure to be removed. They gave OccupyDC one hour to disassemble it. Occupiers are currently nonviolently defending the structure under threat of arrest.