Protesters Force Closure of Air & Space Museum

Egypt activist address protester in New York City
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2011 6:49 AM CDT
One demonstrator helps another flush her eyes with water after after police pepper-sprayed a group that was trying to get into the National Air and Space Museum iSaturday, Oct. 8, 2011.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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(Newser) – About 200 anti-war protesters forced the closing of the Air and Space Museum yesterday afternoon, after clashing with the museum's guards at the building's entrance, reports the Washington Post. October 2011, a group opposed to US involvement in Afghanistan and allied with Occupy DC, was demonstrating against the use of drones in overseas wars, as the museum is hosting an exhibit on unmanned aerial vehicles. When protesters tried to enter the museum, guards stopped them and one protester was pepper sprayed and one was arrested.

Meanwhile, in New York City, at least 1,000 Occupy Wall Street protesters marched from the financial district to Washington Square Park yesterday for a second rally location, reports the Huffington Post. Activist Mohammed Ezzeldin, who had protested in Tahrir Square earlier this year, addressed the crowd, telling them, "I am coming from there—from the Arab Spring. From the Arab Spring to the fall of Wall Street," he said. "Many things separate us. National borders. Homeland insecurities. Armies, corporations, and police. They have their laws. They have their debts. And we have our revolution. We are the 99%."

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