Washington, February 4th 2012 – At 5:30 am Saturday, District Park Police began a systematic eviction of the Occupy D.C. camp at McPherson Square at 15th and K Street NW.
Arriving on horseback and motorcycles, police encircled the camp and authorities and a riot squad immediately took control of the General McPherson Statue in the center of the park- which occupiers earlier in the week encased with a tarp to make a “mega tent” in opposition to Park Police enforcing the mandate of no sleeping in public parks.
A heated confrontation proceeded to take place between angry Occupiers and authorities, which led to arrests and Occupiers scrambling to grab personal items before they were forced out.
Park Police dispersed the crowd, while the park was cleared by a bulldozer and workers in hazmat uniforms. A park police spokesperson stated the demolition team was there to dismantle any tents and dwelling units that could be increasing rodent infestation at the park.
Intermittent violence and heated exchanges erupted when riot squad and workers moved to dismantle other areas of the camp- moving out the contents and crowds from the new area they were to start the demolition.
Occupy members vowed to move back in after the site was cleared out.
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