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Posted at 6:23 PM ET, 06/ 1/2010

2 Women create stir outside White House

By Erica Johnston


Two women created a stir outside the White House on Tuesday when one poured a black liquid on the other in a demonstration linked to the visit of the president of Peru.

A 20-year-old woman chained herself to the fence in front of the White House about 5 p.m., and her mother poured an unknown black liquid on her, a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service said.

The incident brought personnel from a variety of public safety agencies to the Pennsylvania Avenue sidewalk, which was cordoned off.

Secret Service spokesman Max Milien said the women were protesting what they said was the Peruvian government’s sale of land to oil companies. President Obama was meeting in the White House at the time with Alan Garcia, the president of Peru.

The black liquid was apparently intended to symbolize petroleum. Milien said authorities determined that it was not flammable or toxic.

Pete Piringer, a spokesman for D.C. Fire and EMS, said authorities believed the liquid to be paint. Fire department personnel helped to break the chain by which the woman was fastened.

The Secret Service said the women were arrested. Neither was identified immediately. He said the 20-year-old was to be charged with disorderly conduct, and her mother, 41, with defacing government property. That charge apparently was based on staining of the pavement at the White House.

The area was reopened to pedestrians at 6:45 p.m.

-- Martin Weil and Clarence Williams

By Erica Johnston  | June 1, 2010; 6:23 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Maryland, Virginia  
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Comments

Good job! I always am impressed to see other people do single-person protests. If you have a free lunch, go down and protest. Or thank them, up to you.

C

Posted by: cz_man | June 1, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Maybe she should have said it symbolized Obama's selling of his soul to oil company employees. Guess who took in more money as donations from oil company employees, it wasn't McCain and it wasn't Hillary and guess which candidate took in more donations from Fannie and Freddie and guess who broke the yearly record for deficits two years running, one again it wasn't Hillary or McCain. Pretty pickle that you liberals and idiots have gotten us into now. I will agree Bush Jr. wasn't that great, however no need for Obama to make things worse.

Posted by: zcxnissan | June 1, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

For those interested in Peru who would like to know more about everyday indigenous life in the Peruvian Amazon, please visit www.ninosdelaamazonia.org You will see amazing photos, all of them taken by the children who live there. It is a unique perspective and a true document of their realities. Thank you.

Posted by: ninosdelaamazonia | June 1, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

The Secret Service never gets it right. I'll only believe it when I hear it from Sgt. Dave Schlosser of the Park Police.

Posted by: nola_exile | June 1, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Don't these clowns have anything better to do than to spend all day protesting? Do they work or have real jobs?

Posted by: tmi1 | June 1, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Don't these clowns have anything better to do than to spend all day protesting? Do they work or have real jobs?

Posted by: tmi1 | June 1, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

zcxnissan, I can see from your careful phrasing "oil company employees" that you know you are being deceptive, and choose to continue to deceive. Yes, maybe individual oil company employees gave donations to Obama in great numbers - so did lots of Americans. Look at who received the oil companies' money - it's overwhelmingly Republicans. Because it's the Cheneys, the Bushes, the Palins of this world who stopped regulating and just chanted "Drill, baby, Drill."

So what's your point, other than to deceive?

Posted by: Wheezy11 | June 2, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

BP's largest donation in 2008 was $77,000 to BO.

Posted by: UncomfortableTruths | June 2, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

BP's largest donation in 2008 was $77,000 to BO. So Wheezzy, whose intent is to deceive?

Posted by: UncomfortableTruths | June 2, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

As soon as you see someone railing against Fannie and Freddie, you can safely shut their show off because what they say is drivel from the right-wing echo chamber.

Posted by: bdunn1 | June 2, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

BP's largest donation in 2008 was $77,000 to BO. So Wheezzy, whose intent is to deceive?

Posted by: UncomfortableTruths | June 2, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Don't these clowns have anything better to do than to spend all day protesting? Do they work or have real jobs?

Posted by: tmi1
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Typical hypocritical teabagger response.

Posted by: washpost18 | June 2, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

The oil and gas industry leans heavily Republican in its campaign contributions, and the 2008 presidential race was no exception. Republican candidate John McCain and his ticketmate Palin took in nearly three times the amount of money from the industry's political action committees and employees as did Obama and running mate Joe Biden: about $2.4 million compared with $890,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Obama, however, received about twice as much from British Petroleum's executives and PAC as McCain did: $71,051 compared with $36,649. {Even FactCheck got this wrong - Obama got NO money from the BP PAC. It was from BP employees, and BP's North American HQ is in Chicago, not Arizona.}
Since 1990, oil and gas industry interests have contributed $188.3 million (75 percent) to Republican candidates for federal office and $61.4 million to Democrats (24 percent), the center says.

Posted by: bdunn1 | June 2, 2010 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, well. Just some brown people somewhere that have oil somewhere, live in a dictatorship, etc.

Who cares, right. Genocide, as usual.

Posted by: farnaz_mansouri2 | June 2, 2010 3:43 AM | Report abuse

Oh hell, lock them up. We already have an out of control oil spill... LoL...

Posted by: lastyear53 | June 2, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

she is president Chavez follower , why she don´t go to Venezuela city to protester in governament place and tell him he is doing something.

Posted by: aguila33906 | June 2, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

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