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Sunday, October 09, 2011

DC version of Occupy Wall St. has paid protesters

Jack Kemp

This isn't exactly surprising news. A number of the protesters in Washington, DC, are paid, leading to the suggestion that the ones near Wall Street are also paid.

The Daily Caller documents this and shows a video at

The protesters, most of whom are Hispanics look like a work crew from Mexico or South America. The Daily Caller sent a reporter who speaks fluent Spanish to interview their Anglo "leader"/paymaster and also the individual Hispanics themselves.

When asked how many were paid protesters and how many volunteered, the leader said, "I'm not getting into an identification game." I wonder what kind of answer the reporter would have gotten had she asked to see green cards and then produced a van full of INS agents. It might have been a short protest for this "rent a protest" effort.

Here's a quote from the piece:

A liberal organizer told the Daily Caller on Thursday afternoon that he paid some Hispanics to attend “Occupy DC” protests happening in the nation’s capital.

The DC attended the protest event, an expansion of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement that began in New York City. Some aspects of the protest, it turned out, are more Astroturf than grassroots.

One group of about ten Hispanic protesters marched behind a Caucasian individual from the DC Tenants Advocacy Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting rent control in Washington, D.C.

Asked why they were there, some Hispanic protesters holding up English protest signs could not articulate what their signs said.

Actually, the protesters near Wall Street are what's left of Obama's "Children's Crusade" of young supporters from 2008. Of those that chose not to come to New York, we can surmise they didn't feel any solidarity with this movement or their parents wouldn't - or couldn't - give them the money for the trip.

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