January 31st, 2012
10:50 AM ET

Protesters struggle to stay awake on first night of sleeping ban

Occupy DC protesters struggled to stay awake overnight but vowed to stay strong Tuesday in the first full day of a camping ban enforced by U.S. Park Police.

"I had more fun in the park last night than the whole time I've been here," said Amanda Rickard, who is among the protesters staying at McPherson Park in Washington. "We were out here playing guitar, singing, playing drums, Scrabble, card games, you know, just stuff to keep us busy so we can stay here and stay awake."

But one protester said he wouldn't be surprised if the mandate against camping gear and sleeping in the park takes its toll on protesters.

"To be honest, I don't know how long we can keep this up," protester Kevin Whiley said after a sleepless night.

Park police began enforcing the ban on Monday after months of tolerating the Occupy camps at McPherson Park and Freedom Plaza. Police moved through the parks on Monday, asking protesters to remove camping gear and be sure to leave a tent flap open at all times.

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Scottish Mama

    I thought the buildings in the capital belonged to the people. How about where the congress and senate hold their meetings? There by day parks at night. Go to the buildings to lobby our government to reenact the Steagal Glass Act. Occupy our buildings we pay for?

    January 31, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Yep

    "Glass-Steagall Act of Congress 1933", abolished by William Jefferson Clinton for some unknown reason. Probably due to what you mean by *glass*.

    January 31, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Son't forget it was republicans Gramm Leach and Bliley who conjured up the bill to repeal it. All the republican lead house okayed it with citibank.

      January 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Scottish Mama

    What about Cherry hill park?

    January 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jj

    Cnn. Communist news network. So much for free speech. I been tryin to post about the ensign burning by the protesters all day. Not one has gone thru

    January 31, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jj

    Its on utoob. Check it out. Enuff to make you sick!

    January 31, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO ©

    There's nothing like a burning flag to keep you warm and awake, while you read Karl Marx and sing the Ballad of Hugo Chavez. How many more posts to get the record? 7985? Oh for %&^&&*^%$%

    January 31, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      Got your work cut out, dude!

      Do not vilify the whole movement because of those ass holes in Oakland.
      They do not represent the whole movement, and you well know it.

      January 31, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jj

    Your correct banz but it does directly reflect the mentality of the movement as a whole. Burn my flag and and this is what happens. Don't scold me. You remind me of my mother. Lol. That's a good thing banz

    January 31, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      THERE'S my Jj!

      Okay, okay...

      January 31, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jj

    And I'm just here to remind the folks out there that that did happen. I refuse to brush it under the rug like so many here would like

    January 31, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BOMBO ©

    The burning probably will be forgotten in a couple of days. Speaking as a neighbour who has lived next door for almost 5 decades Jj, America is a much more tolerant society than it once was. If this was the 70's or 80's, there'd be hell to pay. No, I'm not being sarcastic on this one.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      Oh you're Canadian bombo? I hate all the anti-Canadian comments you see on here all the time. It disgusts me. You folks come down here and invest in our economy because you actually have money. Canadians are buying up all the condos where I live in arizona. My landlord is one. Good people. Send em all down!

      January 31, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy ©

    Oh, and the mentality of the Oakland OWS, not the whole movement.
    They were absolutely wrong, and I have lost all respect for the Oakland faction.

    January 31, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hamsta

    since when where gutterpunks important people?

    January 31, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      Since they knew how to form a sentence without screwing up the English language

      January 31, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bigwilliestyles

    There was a story about an article in a Jewish newspaper in Atlanta calling for the assassination of the sitting United States President by Israeli forces. The editor responsible for the story resigned. CNN blogs mundane garbage all the time, but managed to omit this story.

    January 31, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jackie

    We have a right to protest, and from what I understand when a flag is weatherworn you burn it. We did during the vietnam war protests, and finally got out of that war, and we will win this one. We are proud of Oakland who stood up to the establshment as we all do. Bravo Oakland, and Bravo NY, and Bravo Washington DC, you brave patriots. some day you will realize how brave they are. To hell with Rep Darryll Issa, who wanted the tents down, but only got some of his way on this one. Political pressure is still working, but we at Occupy will change that. Who doesn't want that?

    February 4, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |