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The last few Occupy DC protesters perch on the top of the structure they built over the weekend that caused a confrontation with authorities.
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The last few Occupy DC protesters perch on the top of the structure they built over the weekend that caused a confrontation with authorities.

Occupy DC protesters clashed with authorities over the weekend over a structure the demonstrators began building at the site.

Police arrested at least two dozen members of the Occupy DC encampment in McPherson Square Sunday, after the demonstrators refuse to dismantle the two-story wooden structure they had erected overnight.

It was a day marked by on-and-off confrontations with U.S. Park Police. Authorities demanded they take down the structure on Sunday, but the protesters refused. Police made an initial round of arrests once the deadline to remove to remove the plywood building had passed. Additional arrests followed as the day progressed.

By Sunday evening, police moved in with a cherry picker to grab the remaining handful of protesters that had refused to come down from roof of the structure. NBC Washington reports a total of 31 protesters were arrested.

The Occupy DC group, in a statement issued yesterday, said the barn was "a practical, safe, and symbolic structure," indicating that it had been designed by professional architects and engineers. They had intended to use it for warmth and for assembly meetings during the winter months, the group added in the statement.

Monday morning, the scene was quiet as protesters waited for new arrivals to the encampment expected to arrive this week. 

"The SEIU is taking up residence on the great lawn this week," says Kelly Canavan, one of the protesters. "Starting today, we expect a great presence there. And we will be supporting them. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we will be doing some marches and protesting."

The group is also expecting more Occupy protesters from other parts of the country to join them this week.

Correction: The original version of this story misstated the status of the Occupy DC encampment in McPherson Square. The encampment is still located in the square after last night's clash with police.

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