Agents on scene claimed a backpack abandoned on a sidewalk was a “suspicious package,” closing the Pennsylvania Avenue pedestrian mall in front of the White House, and the adjoining Lafayette Park, from protesters and tourists. All pedestrian traffic, including media, was forced to retreat to side streets.
Officers roped the streets off with bright yellow crime scene tape and brought in bomb-sniffing K-9 dogs.
After waiting on the sidewalk behind the police line for about half an hour, a middle-aged woman came forward to claim the backpack, telling agents that she had put her small bag on the ground so she could take a photograph with her family. She declined to be interviewed.
The protesters had a National Park Service protest permit from 10 a.m. to noon. Agents began clearing the crowd at 10:43 a.m., giving little information to protesters and tourists as they forced them out of the area.
Organizer Oliver Darcy told The Daily Caller that he didn’t believe the protest’s premature end was an accident. Darcy noted that he and others were demanding the president fire his attorney general over a scandal the White House doesn’t want to talk about.
....Protesters were outside the White House Monday to demand President Obama fire Holder and release documents related to Operation Fast and Furious that he has concealed from congressional investigators by asserting executive privilege.
They chanted “No Justice, No Peace” and “Remember Brian Terry,” a reference to the U.S. Border Patrol agent who was murdered with weapons Holder’s Department of Justice and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives provided to a Mexican drug cartel as part of the ill-fated Fast and Furious “gunwalking” operation.
Protesters’ signs include “This is a big f**king deal,” “Don’t shoot me, bro!” “Release the documents!” and “Watergate didn’t have a body count!”
Now can someone explain to me why these peaceful protesters are shut down, but a bunch of George Soro$ funded astroturf can set up an illegal squatters camp in Washington DC, and even attract a person who shot at the White House, as well as rats, but they were allowed to remain?