Protesters continue to dance in Jefferson Memorial

By Eric W. Dolan
Sunday, June 5, 2011 12:38 EDT
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Dozens of people gathered at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C at noon Saturday and danced for nearly fifteen minutes before police officers broke up the event.

The protest came a week after five dancing demonstrators were violently arrested by U.S. Park Police Officers at the Jefferson Memorial. The Associated Press reported that instead of making arrests, this time officers pushed the demonstrators out of the memorial and briefly closed it to tourists.

The dancing demonstrators are protesting against a recent court ruling, which held that the National Park Service was acting lawfully in 2008 when officers shut down a “flashmob” and arrested a woman who was “expressively dancing” inside the Jefferson Memorial.

The dancing demonstrations are organized in part by Adam Kokesh, an Iraq War veteran and host of Adam vs. The Man (AVTM) on Russia Today.

“If our government refuses to treat us like human beings, then it’s time for revolt,’’ he told Lori Aratani of The Washington Post.

“We should be able to dance wherever we want to,” another dancer said. “What makes this country so original and special [is that] everybody is able to express themselves the way they want to and it doesn’t matter where they are.”

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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