Late Saturday night, the 3ed of December, Occupy DC began erecting a "People's Pavillion" that could have provided better shelter from the coming winter, had it ever been fully enclosed.
The Park Police had other ideas, and beginning at noon on Sunday, the 4th of December placed the structure under siege. It took the police until around 8PM to arrest the last protesters on the roof, and another hour before they were able to demolish it.
The first arrests took place in the early afternoon. I heard conflicting reports of 6 arrests, 12 arrests, or more. There was a report that one of the arrests involved considerable police violence.
This led to an all-day standoff. In mid to late afternoon police laid metal pens to supplement the yellow taped police lines marking off the section of McPherson Square the cops were holding. They then made a critical mistake: They laid pens well back from t
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