|Police arrest an "Occupy DC" protester from a wooden structure erected overnight at the McPherson Square in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, on Dec. 4, 2011. Police on Sunday nabbed several "Occupy DC" protesters in the U.S. capital for refusing to dismantle a wooden structure erected overnight. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Police on Sunday nabbed several "Occupy D.C." protesters in the U.S. capital for refusing to dismantle a wooden structure erected overnight.
The arrests were made as dozens of officers from U.S. Park Police and local police forces, some of them ridding horses, descended by noon on the McPHerson Square a couple of blocks away from the White House, to take down the eight-meters roofless wooden structure.
The structure was erected overnight to shelter the protesters from the winter cold that began to bite in recent days.
After the 7 p.m. deadline to dismantle the structure passed, the police took actions, using a fork truck to remove at least two protesters sitting atop the structure and waiving a flag. No major violent clashes broke out in the process.
The police declined to give an exact account of the arrests made.
The "Occupy D.C." movement was a copy of "Occupy Wall Street" that started September in New York and has spread to major cities nationwide. Despite several bloody clashes after police tried to disperse "Occupy" protesters in New York and other major cities, the protests have been generally free of police interference.