Protesters affiliated with “Occupy The Caucus” held a symbolic “die-in” at the Renaissance Des Moines Savory Hotel in Iowa on Monday afternoon to protest the National Defense Authorization Act and corporate influence. Twelve people were arrested.
The protesters entered the hotel that houses the Democratic National Committee’s Iowa “war room” and twelve of them laid down on the floor, according to the New York Times. The group requested a meeting with DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
“The people lying before you represent the victims of the one percent’s war on democracy both at home and abroad,” said one protester, reading from a prepared statement.
“We are determine to remain here until Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee agrees to meet with us to discuss our demands that corporate money be removed from national politics and civil liberties be restored to their primary position in all public policy,” he continued. “We seek a discussion about how the democratic party will stop serving the interests of Wall Street and corporate money and start putting people before profits.”
Schultz said on Tuesday that she probably would not have a chance to meet with them.
“I probably won’t have a chance to talk to them while I’m here but I have talked to Occupy Wall Street folks over the last few months, I’ve been publicly supportive of them,” she said. “I think that they are well within their rights to be frustrated.”
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