31 Occupy D.C. protestors arrested after confrontation with U.S. Park Police
December 4, 2011
Angry Occupy D.C. protestors confront U.S. Park Police, who are preparing to cordon off a wooden structure the demonstrators errected overnight.
Summary: Occupy D.C.'s overnight construction of a large wooden structure in McPherson Square ended two months of relatively peaceful coexistence with the U.S. Park Police, who said that the building appeared to be a permanent structure and was therefore illegal. Occupy D.C. said that they were building it to protect themselves from increasingly cold weather. Protesters defied repeated orders to abandon the building and take it down -- setting the stage for a day long standoff -- which ended in 31 arrests and the destruction of the building by the Park Police.