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Morning Read: Occupy DC Still Holding Out

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    As Occupy camps across the country have called it a day -- many because they were evicted -- McPherson Square's Occupy D.C. stands out because it's "one of the last major Occupy camps still standing," reports the Washington Examiner.

    Although 11 protesters, some from Occupy, were arrested Monday night during a march in front of the White House, the Washington Post reported, the Examiner said that for the most part, the D.C. protesters haven't clashed with police or been threatened with eviction.

    In Richmond, Occupiers announced they would leave the property they've been camped out on in the mayor's neighborhood. They had an encampment on the front lawn of the Richmond Free Press publisher since they were cleared out of a downtown plaza on Halloween.

    And Occupy Baltimore was cleared out by police last week, with what some protesters said was too much of a show of force, the Baltimore Sun reported. (Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the eviction was "respectful.")

    But it doesn't look like Occupy D.C. is going anywhere just yet. "Despite a spate of clashes with police earlier this month that resulted in dozens of arrests, Occupy DC shows no signs of fading away," the Examiner said. And, according to the Huffington Post, there's still one holdout of the four D.C. Occupiers who went on a hunger strike earlier this month.


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