If you are a tourist in Washington D.C. beware the rat population in the McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza area where D.C. occupiers are living on, in and around, the streets of the city.
Located near McPherson Square: Blair House, Hudson Institute, Lafayette Square, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Department of Treasury and the White House (rats should feel right at home).
Freedom Plaza is adjacent to Pershing Park with the John A. Wilson Building and National Theatre nearby.
(WaPo) — The rat population around the two Occupy D.C. camps at McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza has “exploded” since protesters began their vigil in October, according to Mohammad N. Akhter, the director of the District’s 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, 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.