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WASHINGTON — At least 60 protesters were arrested on K Street NW, the historical lobbying hub of the nation’s capital, as they blocked four key intersections, shutting down the street for much of the afternoon Wednesday.
Lasting more than an hour, a standoff between Occupy Wall Street protesters and D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department resulted in at least three dozen arrests near Franklin Square at 14th and K Streets NW. Police used horses for crowd control, and picked apart protesters who linked arms and went limp with their bodies.
Police on the seen did not have a complete count of how many were arrested along the K Street corridor on Wednesday, but the number was reported by National Lawyers’ Guild observers and protesters to be near 60.
Most of those arrested were charged with blocking a highway, as Occupy protesters began setting up tents and quite literally occupying K Street, blocking all traffic on the heavily-traveled downtown thoroughfare that is also Route 29.
Demonstrators quickly began dragging tents, garbage cans, chairs and tables into the intersection.
Within an hour, Occupy protesters had blocked three intersections along K Street, stopping all traffic. Police rushed to keep up, but did not try to stop the protesters. To the contrary, a mix of city police, park police and Department of Homeland Security officers helped prevent cars from trying to drive through the protesters. At one intersection, protesters tipped over newspaper boxes to use for blocking traffic and standing upon.
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