Capitol Police Arrest Protesters Inside Senate Office Building

Protesters stopped after unfurling banners inside Hart building.

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    Six were arrested inside the Hart Senate Office Building Tuesday. (Published Thursday, Oct 13, 2011)

    Capitol Police moved swiftly to stop protesters unfurling banners at a U.S. Senate office building in Washington, D.C.

    Protesters gained entrance to the Hart Senate office building's atrium and dropped two banners, one reading "End War Now" and the other "People for the People."

    Raw Video: Protesters In Upper Floors of Senate Office Building

    [DC] Raw Video: Protesters In Upper Floors of Senate Office Building
    Demonstrators made their way into the upper areas of the Hart Senate Office building on Tuesday. (Published Thursday, Oct 13, 2011)

    NBC News reports as soon as demonstrators unfurled their signs, Capitol Police placed them under arrest.  At least six have been arrested for unlawful conduct - demonstrating.  Dozens of other demonstrators ran through the building's upper levels chanting and waving smaller signs.

    The offices of Democratic senators Dianne Feinstein and Harry Reid are located inside the Hart building, as well as Republican Marco Rubio.

    The political protests rumble into a second week in the nation's capital.  The demonstrations, smaller in size than the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City, have for the most part been restrained and peaceful.  On Saturday, one demonstrator was arrested after a group attempted to enter the Smithsonian Air and Space museum.  Guards repelled the demonstrators with pepper spray, and the museum shut down early.

    In Freedom Plaza, several blocks from the White House, a related group calling themselves Stop the Machine are negotiating to remain encamped on Pennsylvania for the next few months.  Members of the group vowed they would only leave the plaza if arrested, but thus far, authorities have been handling the group with a light touch.