DC Police Arrest 60 Occupy Protesters
Mass demonstration snarls busy K Street in Washington
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 7, 2011 5:49 PM CST
Police arrest an Occupy DC demonstrator for blocking K Street in downtown Washington.   (Jose Luis Magana)
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(Newser) – More than five dozen protesters upset about what they call corporate greed and the excessive influence of money in politics were arrested today after shutting down K Street in Washington. The mass demonstration snarled mid-day traffic in the nation's capital. The arrests came as demonstrators from across the country converged on K Street for a march that included participants from Occupy Wall Street encampments as well as other groups, including unions, sympathetic to their message.

Police had made 62 arrests by 5:30pm, said spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump. Sixty-one of the arrests were for obstructing a public highway and an additional arrest was made for a misdemeanor assault on a police officer. About three dozen protesters were carried into police vans after lying down in the middle of a busy intersection and ignoring repeated orders to move. More protests are expected later this week, including a vigil for the jobless tomorrow.

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