December 05, 2011

Protesters arrested after building erected in DC

WASHINGTON - U.S. Park Police arrested dozens of Occupy D.C. protesters who refused to dismantle an unfinished wooden structure they built in a park overnight.

An unidentified protestor is arrested in McPherson Square in downtown Washington Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. U.S. Park Police are arresting Occupy DC protesters who are refusing to dismantle an unfinished wooden structure erected in the park square overnight. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
On Sunday morning, police told them they'd need a permit and gave them an hour to disassemble it.
When the protesters failed to comply, officers arrested several protesters. After an hours-long standoff, an inspector posted a notice on the structure and later more protesters inside it were arrested.
Police say 31 people have been arrested and that they have dismantled the structure. By late Sunday, six protesters who had been on the roof came down aboard a cherry picker.
No protesters remained in the building and police remain at the encampment.

The Associated Press 

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