WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Police removed bedding and most tents on Saturday at an "Occupy" protest site just blocks from the White House, enforcing a no-camping rule at a public square that has housed protesters for months.
Dozens of officers sealed off McPherson Square and moved in before dawn to enforce the no-camping regulation. Demonstrators have been in the square since early October to target the growing income gap, corporate greed and what they see as an unfair tax structure favoring the richest Americans.
By midday, police said there had been six arrests, but little to no violence. The National Park Service had repeatedly warned protesters that it would start enforcing a ban against camping in McPherson Square and at Freedom Plaza, both a few blocks from the White House.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Police de-camp Occupy DC parasites