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Occupy DC protesters marched from McPherson Square to the Newseum Wednesday evening to illustrate their point to the government and corporate executives attending the Washington Ideas Forum. They were denied entry however. 
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Occupy DC protesters marched from McPherson Square to the Newseum Wednesday evening to illustrate their point to the government and corporate executives attending the Washington Ideas Forum. They were denied entry however. 

Protestors with Occupy DC marched to the Newseum Wednesday night in order to speak to some of the 60 politicians, policy makers, and business leaders, attending the 'Washington Ideas Forum'. But they didn't stay long. 

The 50 to 75 protestors arrived in front of the Newseum shortly after 6 p.m. Greeting them at the door, however, were a phalanx of D.C, metro police officers who stopped them from going in.  Organizer Rob Wolf explains why.

"Some of us were under the impression that it was a public museum and wanted to go in to exercise our first amendment rights," Wolf says. "It's private property as it turns out, and so we could not go in."

Like its parent protest in New York, Occupy DC demands an end to policies and institutions which they say benefit the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans at the expense of the remaining 99 percent of Americans. 

One occupy D.C. protester, Samantha Hill, was raised in the midwest and says those policies have taken a toll there. 

"The hometown that I come from in Michigan, there are more unoccupied homes then there are occupied homes there now," she says. "And you go there and it's a sad portrait of what's happened to America in this economic recession."

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