Police barricade keeps Progressives, Occupy groups far from $50,000-a-plate dinner at David Koch's mansion.
-By Raun Norquist and Daniel Gonzalez
July 8, 2012- A blockade of local police, New York State troopers, a canine unit and federal authorities rushed in Sunday to keep several hundred protesters from disturbing billionaire David Koch's $50,000-per-person fundraiser for Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential run.
The dissenters gathered across from Coopers Beach, arriving by car, bike, taxi and bus from New York City, and as far away as Norway. The crowd represented many activist groups, including Occupy Wall Street, MoveOn.org, Occupy the Hamptons, the Long Island Progressive Coalition, Service Employees International Union, Long Island Jobs with Justice, Greenpeace, Strong Economy for All Coalition, United New York, Suffolk Peace Network, Art Not War, Occupy Huntington, Align NY, NY Communities for Change, NYACLU, plus many unaffiliated people who wanted to have their voices heard. “Dissent IS Patriotic” was seen on many signs, banners and T-shirts.