05 Feb '12, 12am

Occupy DC protesters arrested

WASHINGTON: Police swept through the Washington offshoot of Occupy Wall Street on Saturday, arresting eight people in a day-long raid that virtually shut down the tent colony a stone's throw from the White House. Some scuffles broke out, but stunned members of Occupy DC otherwise put up little resistance as National Park Service police descended on their sprawling, scruffy encampment in McPherson Square at dawn. By nightfall, police in riot gear and sanitation workers in white overalls, backed with forklifts and garbage trucks, had taken away dozens of tents, as well as soiled bedding, personal belongings and a few dead rats. Police arrested seven people for disobeying orders to move or for crossing police lines, and an eighth was taken into custody for hitting and injuring a police officer with a brick, a Park Police spokesman told local media. "It is a sad day in America...

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