Washington, D.C. cops arrested some members of the Occupy DC movement. The authorities gave the excuse that a wooden structure had been at the camp., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
12 to 20 Occupy DC protesters arrested
Sun Dec 4, 2011 11:19PM
Police officers stood around a structure built the night before by Occupy DC protesters on McPherson Square in Washington on December 4, 2011
Park police officers in Washington DC have arrested 12 to 20 members of the Occupy DC movement as the nationwide crackdown on the anti-corporatism protesters continues.
The police made the arrests on Sunday in a downtown park where protesters had begun constructing a wooden structure on Saturday, Reuters reported.
Before the arrests, the police warned the protesters that building such a structure required a permit and gave them one hour to dismantle it.
Police officers moved into the encampment after the protesters ignored the warning.
Some people were forcibly removed from the structure, and according to an Occupy DC member, 12 to 20 were arrested by mid-afternoon.
Several protesters had climbed to the top of the structure and chanted “Give us water, give us food, document what is happening.”
The Occupy Wall Street movement began when a group of demonstrators gathered in New York's financial district on September 17 to protest against the unjust distribution of wealth in the country and the excessive influence of big corporations on US policies.
Despite the police crackdown and the mass arrests, the Occupy movement, which grew out of the Occupy Wall Street movement, has now spread to many major US cities as well as to Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, and other countries.
The demonstrators are protesting against poverty, unemployment, war, and corporatism.