WASHINGTON – Friday night, during the “Tribute to Ronald Reagan Dinner”, radicals with the Occupy DC and a coalition of liberal groups tried violently to crash the Americans for Prosperity Defending the Dream Summit.
These radicals, some of whom carried black flags, wanted to supress rights of individuals to freely assemble and to intimidate conservatives into silence. Black flags often represent anarchy.
Many “Dream” attendees captured the violence on their smart phones. and shared them with the mainstream media. By Saturday morning, the story had became national news. CNN was the first to go national with the story, followed by other outlets. Caleb Hayes, a College Republican from Kansas, was interviewed by at least five different national news sources, as they ran his video of an innocent bystander getting run over by a car from an “occupier”. According to witnesses, the bystander had nothing to do with either group.
All Friday and Saturday afternoon, satellite trucks from media outlets circled the block around the Washington Convention Center, as both Republican Presidential frontrunners, Herman Cain and Mitt Romney, came to speak, along with other top conservatives. The event would have made national news anyway, regardless of the violence that occured, by the Occupiers.
The protestors circled the convention center and tried to enter every single entrance. Police did nothing despite reports that staffers at AFP called 911 four times. However, some video does show police getting involved. Security inside the building quickly moved to lock every entrance and no one was allowed to enter or leave.
KCC interviewed a wheelchair-bound woman who carried a small service dog. When she was finally allowed to leave and go the two short blocks to her hotel, protestors grabbed her dog and tried to pull her from her chair. Luckily, other conservatives came to her aid and security moved everyone from the center back to their hotels. The dog was safely returned, unharmed.
Later, from her hotel room, your blogger could hear firetrucks blazing through the intersection, trying to reopen it to traffic, which KCC observed police NOT doing. KCC does not blame the police officers, but rather their superiors who wouldn’t allow them to do their jobs. Your blogger sensed that the DC leadership felt it might be “bad politics” to appear to be unfriendly with the “Occupiers”.
The entire situation is truly sad. The staff at Americans for Prosperity, both here in North Carolina, and nationally, worked hard to bring us the best Summit yet. Other than the attack, the event went off without a hitch and we bloggers had a lot of fun.
It was great seeing so many friends ride the busses from North Carolina and surrounding states, and seeing the friends we’ve made over the years at the various AFP events.
Thank you AFP, and we look forward to next year!
Here are a number of article, posts and videos on the story:
I Went Down To the Demonstration to Get My Fair Share of Abuse (The Other McCain – videos)
The Mob Who Came to Dinner (The American Spectator, by Robert Stacy McCain)
Under Occupation Friday Night (The American Spectator, by Laurel Buckley)
The Real Occupy DC
Occupy protest turns violent outside Washington Convention Center [VIDEO]
Occupy DC Protesters Try to Storm AFP Event
OccupyDC Protesters Use Kids to Blockade Door During Violent Scuffle
Liberal Protester Uses Child As Human Shield
Occupy DC protester uses kids to block traffic
OBAMA’S OCCUPYDC VICTIM SPEAKS OUT: ‘I WENT DOWN THOSE STAIRS BECAUSE I WAS PUSHED’
OCCUPYDC PROTESTERS ATTACK CONSERVATIVE GATHERING; HARASS WOMEN AND CHILDREN