Skip to comments.Rat population has ‘exploded’ around Occupy D.C. camps
Posted on 01/09/2012 4:15:49 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin
The rat population around the two Occupy D.C. camps at McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza has explodedsince protesters began their vigil in October, according to Mohammad N. Akhter, the director of the Districts Department of Health.
Akhter said in an interview Monday that city health inspectors have seen rats running openly through both camps and spotted numerous new burrows and nests underneath hay-stuffed pallets occupiers are using for beds. Both campsites had working kitchens for weeks until last week, but protesters at McPherson Square voluntarily closed down theirs after health inspectors pointed out unsanitary conditions during an informal monitoring visit.
Akhter said his concerns about the health and safety at the camps prompted him to order a city-wide review of conditions there, including input from health inspectors, mental health professionals, experts on the homeless and others. He is reviewing their findings this week.
Im very supportive of their rights and ability to demonstrate but I have concerns about their personal safety, Akhter said.
Akhter, who is originally from Pakistan and has worked for the District government for over 20 years, said that the situation in the two parks is reminiscent of refugee camps he has toured overseas in the Middle East and Africa during his public health career. He said he fears disaster could strike during a severe winter storm.
Going down to these camps, its no different than refugee camps, Akhter said. People are living in very primitive conditions and theyre doing it by choice. They are very brave and thoughtful people, but my concern is that they should also take care of themselves. When the weather goes bad suddenly were watching a tragedy unfold in the middle of Washington, D.C.
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people living in their own filth... rats.. conditions ripe for the plague.
Filth always attracts rats.
Well for crying out loud, what would they expect an influx of Republicans?
Oh, you mean real rodents! I thought you were talking about ‘Rats’ and we all know that the camps are filled with those.
Other than the two-legged variety were there any others?
The rats are merely Community Organizing -—they learned from the best! (or should I say BEAST)
I really thought we were discussing the Democratic party (lol)!!
When I first read this I was thinking the rats were so disgusted they moved out of the camps. ;-)
Hahahha, nature taking its course!
Idiots and their bad intending leaders will die, no matter what, no matter where, no matter what time in civilization,eventually if left to their own devices(It can take different lengths of time). It is a law of nature.
Plagued Rats, disease, hunger, murder from jealousy, etc etc etc. All the things idiots do lead to these across a staggeringly large spectrum of human behavior and single circumstances.
Follow the rules (or do your darn imperfect-self best) or be miserable.
feel sorry for the rats and their 5 mins is up but they seem to not understand that which is typical form the lunatic fringe on the left.
We need to send in one of my ex-girlfriends. She specializes in finding rodentia. Of course, then she “summons the hit-men” (exterminators).
Since he is the gentleman who made public the real concerns about public health and safety and who is wisely pointing out the consequences of allowing squalor to flourish how do you justify your remark?
Rats of a feather...
that’s both RAT and rat
And every one of them an Obama voter...
But of course: democRATS
4 leg rats...or 2 leg?
Actually McPherson square had a decent chipmunk population before the OWS moved there. They would grab an acorn or two and dash into their burrows at lightning speed. After the OWS dirtbags came, they left so much garbage that the rats took over.
I would suggest that the DNC lady named after the syphilis test not go near the Occupy DC camps .... she’d be easily mistaken for vermin!
Rat’s on a stick get your fresh rat on a stick!
I think she is the official head rat for the dims .... sooooo appropriate.
Jeez. Doesn't the Washington Post have an editor?
Well, water does seek its own level.
It’s time to tell the Occupiggies to either go home to mommy’s basement or go to jail. Be sure to give them a “choice”. They love “choice”.
You don't need the keen eyesight of Captain Obvious.
Also scurrying around are White House press corp rats, network newsanchor rats, the NYSlimes rats, the WaCompost rats, other assorted MSM rats and ratettes, Pentagon rules-of-engagement-writing lawyer rats, Fast and Furious rats, the U.S. DEA helping-Columbian-cocaine-traffickers-launder-money-and-smuggle-cocaine-into-the-U.S. rats, Senatorial rats, Congressional rats, and even some near-flatlining SCOTUS rats...
... enough for a blind man to easily see on a foggy night, with no moon, during a power outage, in a coal bin, with the door closed.
It has to be George Bush’s fault.
“He said he fears disaster could strike during a severe winter storm.”
What disaster? The brats don’t survive. Awwww.
When I first saw the headline I figured the Senators and the Reps from the dim party had decided to camp out....still don’t know if I am wrong.
——were watching a tragedy unfold in the middle of Washington, D.C. ——
The White House...fits the bill ....as well
....and full of rats and vermin too !!!
———Rats on a stick get your fresh rat on a stick!-——
LOL !!! Capitalism !!!
Someday a filmmaker will make a parody of this “ movement” and that scene will be in it.....
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