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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 08:48 PM
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Police Stop Occupy Construction in Capital
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Source: NYT

Occupy D.C. protesters started building what looked like a small barn early Sunday in the middle of a park two blocks from the White House where they have been camping out, setting off a series of arrests and a standoff with the police that lasted into the evening.

Ann Wilcox, an observer from the National Lawyers Guild who was in touch with both sides, said that the police had made clear in advance that protesters inside and around the structure would be arrested, and that any delay was simply to safely remove a handful who had climbed on top of the half-built structure.

As the police worked bringing in a cherry picker to get the protesters off the roof and an oversize air mattress to provide a soft landing the protesters chanted their defiance: We are stronger than your trucks and your horses and your riot gear and your orders.

Despite some disputes and a few confrontations, the Occupy D.C. protesters have had a relatively smooth relationship with the police, without the clashes that have occurred in other cities when officers have moved in to carry out mass evictions. But the erection of the structure, and the police response to it, appeared likely to escalate tensions at the camp. Several protesters said the police had moved in a little after noon, using horses to force people back.

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