Occupy Darien organizer facing multiple charges
The organizer of an Occupy Darien event, scheduled for Dec. 21 and 22, is facing several charges after police said she blocked traffic on the Post Road while intoxicated.
Margaret Rague, 61, of 63 Dubois St., who planned to invite people to occupy the town in Tilley Pond Park, was charged with walking in the road while intoxicated, creating a public disturbance, breach of peace, interfering with an officer, refusal to be fingerprinted, refusal to have her arrest photo taken and disorderly conduct.
Police received several calls at 9 p.m. Dec. 3 about a woman who was walking on Post Road while attempting to hitchhike, police said. When officers arrived they saw a black Volvo stopped in the road with a woman standing in front of the vehicle. The woman was asked to move and did but once she was out of the road, she refused to cooperate with police.
Police said Rague became verbally confrontational and refused to give her name or identification to officers when asked. She was told to quiet down but began screaming at officers before she was arrested, police said.
She posted a $500 bond and was scheduled to appear in court Dec. 14.
According to the event's Facebook page, the occupy demonstration is "intended to be a peaceful demonstration to highlight the serious economic challenges facing our nation, and the huge wealth and opportunity gap that exist in our country -- and the world. It is intended that through the speakers and interpersonal exchanges of all the participants new and constructive changes will emerge as to how to deal with this glaring economic disparity between the rich and the poor."
According to information posted on the Facebook page, Rague is an attorney and naturopathic doctor who worked in Manhattan as a corporate attorney and is funding the Occupy Darien event.