Dozens of U.S. Park Police descended on horseback and foot upon the Occupy D.C. camp in McPherson Square before dawn on Saturday to continue an enforcement of its no- camping rules launched earlier this week.
At least three protestors who refused to leave the area around the statue of Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson were arrested.
U.S. Park Police Capt. Phil Beck told protesters they would be clearing the area around the historic statue, where protesters had erected a blue tarp dubbed the “Tent of Dreams,” and checking to see if there was unauthorized bedding in tents.
Sections of the park also will be closed for “nuisance abatement,” a police spokesman said.
Under the rules, protesters are allowed to conduct a 24 -hour vigil in the federal park but not camp out overnight.
Shortly before 6 a.m., a large contingent of mounted police and others with riot shieldsarrived at the camp, erecting barricades as protesters shouted “wake up” and chanted.