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A group inspired by the Occupy D.C. movement took over the abandoned Franklin School building, protesting the lack of housing for homeless people.
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A group inspired by the Occupy D.C. movement took over the abandoned Franklin School building, protesting the lack of housing for homeless people.

D.C. police arrested several protesters Saturday evening, during a demonstration held in an abandoned city-owned building in downtown Washington.

The group Free Franklin, inspired by the Occupy D.C. movement, was protesting the lack of housing for homeless people.

The protesters took over the four-story Franklin School building Saturday afternoon. The structure served as a homeless shelter until 2008. As the occupation began, participants with handkerchiefs over their faces lowered a banner that red 'Public Property under Community Control,' and 'Franklin for the 99 percent.'

More than 60 supporters gathered in a park near the historic building and cheered the protesters, before police and firefighters broke up the demonstration. The banner was removed by Saturday evening.

The building is just two blocks from Occupy D.C.'s encampment in McPherson Park on K Street.

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