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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/05/2011

DeMorning Links: Arrests, but no eviction for Occupy


Park Police pry the last Occupy D.C .protesters from the top of their “People’s Pentagon” at McPherson Square. (Matt McClain - For The Post)
Occupy D.C. had a good old-fashioned barn-raising of sorts Saturday night, erecting a modular “People’s Pentagon” on the southwest corner of McPherson Square. U.S. Park Police would not countenance the wooden structure in the park, and the ensuing confrontation “escalated into a noisy downtown disruption — and a psychological turning point in the protests,” The Washington Post reports.

In “the first case of mass arrests at the group’s base camp,” 31 protesters were taken into custody by day’s end, including several who had to be removed from the structure with a cherrypicker. But what’s most interesting is what did not happen: Police did not use the barn-raising as an excuse to evict protesters from the rest of McPherson. The status quo ante holds.

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Pics from Friday (Post, City Paper)

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National Mall advocates want probe of Park Service contracting practices (Housing Complex)

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