Police, Protestors Square Off in Washington

Posted December 4th, 2011 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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At least 12 anti-Wall Street protesters have been arrested in Washington, DC, after police moved in to remove a wooden structure the protesters erected without a permit.

Protesters, who have been camped at McPherson Square for weeks, began erecting the frame for a two-story wooden building Saturday. But police informed them Sunday morning they needed a permit and gave them an hour to dismantle the structure.

When that didn't happen, police moved in, arresting protesters who straddled the top of the building framework.

Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the protesters are demonstrating against economic inequality and corporate greed.

Occupy Wall Street camps in cities around the country have been closed by authorities in recent weeks. In the northwestern city of Portland, Oregon, police shut down a downtown-area park Saturday night, arresting anti-Wall Street protesters who refused to leave.

The encampment at Zuccotti Park in New York City, where the movement began, was shut down in mid-November.

Until now, Washington police had avoided the clashes that have taken place in other cities.