Occupy DC Protesters Demonstrate Outside VIP Dinner [View all]
Occupy DC protesters demonstrate outside VIP dinner
By Courtney Battle, CNN
updated 10:07 PM EST, Sat January 28, 2012
Demonstrators gather outside of Alfafa Dinner for high-level dignitaries
The group attempts to create a human blockade as guests arrive
Some attendees, including Joe Lieberman, are doused with glitter
Washington (CNN) -- Occupy DC protesters gathered to demonstrate Saturday outside the 99th annual Alfalfa Club dinner thrown for high-level dignitaries, including President Obama.
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Marching through the streets, the demonstrators chanted "Whose streets? Our streets!" and "We are the 99%," until they reached barricades outside of the hotel. Once at the barricades, protesters continued to chant and attempted to create a human blockade to hamper the guests from entering the dinner.
The Alfalfa Club is an organization comprised of Washington VIPs such as congressmen and business executives whom Occupy DC activists say personify the "1%" members of the movement have been rallying against since last year.
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"I am out here today dressed up as myself; middle-class, middle-aged PTA parent to show that the 99% includes regular people like me," Occupy DC protester Eric Lotke told CNN. "What we need to do is start listening to the people, and if we listen to the people, they want the clean energy, they want the money out of politics, they want the health care, they want these things and they can't get them because there's a ruling class that wants things to be done differently."