(Harrisburg, PA) - An Occupy Harrisburg protester was arrested this
morning at the Capital City Mall for dressing like a zombie.
In order to call attention to mindless consumerism and corporate
greed, about 15 protesters dressed like zombies and joined the early
morning shoppers walking around the mall. The street theater was part
of Occupy Black Friday, a nationwide event.
The zombie protesters were peaceful, walked in pairs, and at no time
were disruptive to shoppers.
Private security for the mall told the zombie protesters that they
either had to wash their faces or leave the property.
Lower Allen Township police arrested one woman at about 5 a.m. and
charged her with trespassing, according to Chief Frank E. Williamson
Jr., who was at the scene. The protester, Jenn Hara, was handcuffed
and taken to the police station. At no point did she physically resist
"I was merely asking security for more information regarding their
regulations which restrict 'obscuring' a person's face," Hara said. "I
did not refuse to leave."
Occupy Harrisburg is deeply disappointed by the police reaction to a
The zombies were joined by about 30 other Occupy Harrisburg
demonstrators on the sidewalk outside the mall. Occupy Harrisburg
finds it disheartening to see people go further into debt for the
holiday season, at a time when the poorest 80 percent of Americans own
only 7 percent of the wealth.
Contact: Jefferson Pepper 717-315-5432
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