Koch Group Gathering Disrupted by Occupy DC Protesters; Things Get Tense as Activists Surround Building
By Adele M. Stan, AlterNet
Posted on November 4, 2011, Printed on November 5, 2011
Time was when David Koch could bring his Americans for Prosperity Foundation convention to our nation\’s capital, and conventioneers could feel pretty secure in the notion that Washington, D.C., was theirs for the taking. No longer.
The triumphant glow of hagiography that usually marks the convention\’s annual Ronald Reagan tribute dinner tonight gave way to the heat of confrontation with the Occupy D.C. movement. Apparently, the AFP Foundation was prepared for shenanigans, as there seemed to be a readily available cadre of Metropolitan Police throughout the Walter E. Washington Convention Center where the event took place, a sprawling complex of glass and stone that takes up a full city block.
As the dinner began, one group of demonstrators convened outdoors for a peaceful film festival featuring a series of short documentaries about the Koch brothers, the billionaire executives of Koch Industries, the conglomerate founded by their father, Fred, who was also a founding member of the John Birch Society. (AlterNet\’s Rania Khalek has a report on that event here.)