WASHINGTON – More than five dozen protesters upset about what they call corporate greed and the excessive influence of money in politics were arrested Wednesday after shutting down K Street, home to many of the city’s influential lobbying firms, in a mass demonstration that snarled midday traffic in the nation’s capital.
The arrests came as demonstrators from across the country converged on K Street for a march that included participants from Occupy Wall Street encampments as well as other groups – including unions – sympathetic to their message about income inequality. D.C. police had made 62 arrests by 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The march was diffuse and spread across blocks, making it difficult to gauge the size of the crowd. But organizers said they expected several thousand people in Washington this week for days of activism.