Protesters March On Geithner's Bethesda Home

Busloads of protesters took to the Wood Acres neighborhood Sunday, the Huffington Post reports.

UPDATE: Montgomery County Police tell Patch they were made aware by Washington's Metropolitan Police Department Sunday that buses carrying the protesters were headed into the county.

Police responded and informed the protestors they couldn't deliver the letter because they were not allowed on private property, according to Officer Rebecca Innocenti, a police spokeswoman. The protesters left shortly thereafter, she said.

Officers who responded worked to make sure the protesters were not blocking traffic or pedestrian access, Innocenti said. She wasn't aware whether the protesters had or required a permit.

Original post, 12:30 p.m: Hundreds of protesters arrived in buses and marched on Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's Bethesda home Sunday evening, the Huffington Post reports.

The protest was organized by the National People's Action and the National Domestic Workers Alliance to demand a "financial transactions tax, principal reductions for underwater homeowners and an investigation of the bankers who caused the mortgage crisis," according to The Huffington Post.

It's not clear exactly how many protesters took to the home in the quiet Wood Acres neighborhood, but the NPA claims "more than 1,000 people" protested, while the Wall Street Journal estimated the number at "several hundred," the Huffington Post reports.

The protesters knocked on Geithner's door in an attempt to deliver a letter, but no one answered, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The protesters then re-boarded the buses and rode to the Chevy Chase home of Peter Scher, executive vice president and head of corporate responsibility for JPMorgan Chase, according to the Huffington Post.

It's not the first time a Bethesda home has been the target of a major protest. In 2010, SEIU protestors marched on the home of Greg Baer, deputy general counsel for corporate law at Bank of America.

Baer's teenage son, home alone, became frightened and locked himself in a bathroom, according to an account published by Baer's neighbor and journalist Nina Easton.

In the account, Easton wrote:

Now this event would accurately be called a "protest" if it were taking place at, say, a bank or the U.S. Capitol. But when hundreds of loud and angry strangers are descending on your family, your children, and your home, a more apt description of this assemblage would be "mob."

Patch has reached out to Montgomery County Police to determine whether the NPA protesters had a permit and how authorities handle crowd control when it comes to major protests in residential neighborhoods. We've also reached out to the NPA. We'll update this story when we hear back.

Alistaire Moore May 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM
What was everyone protesting?
Laura L Thornton May 22, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I wonder if it has anything to do with whether or not people are on private property vs. the public right-of-way that extends on to private property vs. the public street?
Laura Bean May 22, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I was at the action on Sunday. We were demanding that Geithner support a Robin Hood Tax, that would impose small charge on Wall Street transactions. We also asked Geithner stop stalling investigations into the bankers whose actions precipitated the economic crisis in 2008. Criminals should be in jail. There were at least 1200 people there. I was with the National Domestic Workers Alliance. We brought at least 400 people. National People's Action had 800+. We walked quietly through the residential community, representatives knocked on Geithner's door to deliver a message. While we waited, several people related stories of how the economic collapse ruined hard-working taxpaying families. We sang "We shall not be moved," referring not to our physical presence, but to our determination. We were there for about an hour, then quietly returned to our busses. The neighbors came out and watched. One man stood in his driveway explaining the action to his teenage son. It was peaceful but powerful. This is what democracy looks like.
M. Heaney May 23, 2012 at 12:56 AM
1200 people just to deliver a letter? You guys ever hear of something called a "stamp"? But seriously, I'm sure I'm not the only one who's disgusted by the thuggish, Alinskyite tactics of today's Left. I never thought I'd be defending Tim Geithner, but even he does not deserve having a mob descend upon his private residence with their absurd "demands". And their behavior is only going to get worse, when President Romney takes office next January.
Brian June 01, 2012 at 01:40 PM
So basically you are advocating taking money from every single person who has a retirement account, or other Wall St. connected account to do what?


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