“We’re here because we got pushed out of New York, but we’re also here because this is the heart of where all politics happen,” said a protester who would not give his name. “Police know me,” he explained, as he tried to repair a tarp torn free by high winds early Monday…

Among the questions being asked include those from a ranking U.S. congressman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, demanding to know why protesters have been allowed to make camp in the first place. Issa, in a letter two weeks ago to the U.S. Department of Interior, said he believes the camping is illegal.

But the National Park Service, which is in charge of McPherson Square, has applied the most liberal interpretation of rules against overnight camping, and officials instead consider the makeshift tent city a “24-hour vigil.