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Capitol Hill police detain one of the protesters in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., Tuesday.
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updated 10/11/2011 2:36:06 PM ET 2011-10-11T18:36:06

Capitol police swooped in on protesters unfurling banners at a U.S. Senate office building in Washington on Tuesday as part of the Occupy DC movement, arresting at least six, NBC reported.

Demonstrators stormed the Hart building's atrium and dropped large banners, one which said "End War Now," the other "People for the People." As soon as they displayed their signs, Capitol police arrested them, said. Dozens of others ran through the building — which holds the offices of Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Harry Reid as well as Republican Marco Rubio — with smaller signs, according to NBC.

The arrests in Washington come during the second week of Occupy DC demonstrations, part of a movement that began in New York last month to protest against perceived Wall Street excesses and other social issues and has spread to cities across the nation. Tuesday's Washington arrests followed a rash of police activity in an Occupy Boston event overnight, in which about 100 protesters were arrested after they refused to leave a park in the city, police reportedly said.

Tensions boiled over early on Tuesday in downtown Boston, where police arrested more than 100 protesters after the Occupy Boston group expanded its footprint and was told by authorities to move back.

Riot police arrived near the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway park at about 1:20 a.m. ET with dozens of sheriff vans and police wagons arriving minutes later, The Boston Globe reported.

More than 200 officers surrounded the Greenway and Police Superintendent William Evans gave the protesters two minutes to leave or be thrown in jail, according to the newspaper.

‘"The people united will never be defeated," "this is a peaceful protest," "the whole world is watching," the crowd chanted, according to the Globe.

The paper said officers went into the park about 10 minutes later with another warning given over loudspeaker. Protesters were then made to lie down, cable-tied and taken away. Tents were torn down.

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Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis told the Globe that no one sustained any injuries, although an officer was hit in the face.

The paper said many of the protesters — about 1,000 people had gathered there earlier — left the park.

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It added that some in the crowd shouted at police "you don’t have to do this" and "who do you protect, who do you serve?"

Image: Boston police moved in and began arresting scores of Occupy Boston protesters who refused to leave.
Matthew J. Lee  /  Boston Globe
Boston police moved in and began arresting scores of Occupy Boston protesters who refused to leave early Tuesday morning.

Jamie Kenneally, a police spokesman, told The Washington Post that the arrests were mainly for trespassing.

"Now they've moved to another part of the Greenway and that's not acceptable," commissioner Davis told NBC-affiliate WHDH earlier.

A conservancy group had planted shrubs worth around $150,000 along the greenway and officials were worried about damage, The Washington Post reported.

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'No use for police'
John Nilles, 74, who served in Vietnam and is a member of Veterans for Peace, told the Globe that he was knocked to the ground during the arrest operation, banging his knee.

"I have absolutely no use for police anymore. I don't know what I'm going to do," he told the paper.

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Another protester, Shawdeen Vatan, 21, of Arlington, Mass., said she was not surprised at what happened.

"We're being seen as a legitimate organization," she said. "People are panicking and trying to get us out of here."

Occupy Boston used social media to alert supporters as officers arrived and called for more people to come.

"SWAT TEAM putting on RIOT GEAR on High St. PLEASE JOIN US NOW!," it said on its Facebook page.

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Tension had been building late Monday night after Occupy Boston members expanded their footprint in downtown Boston.

"The BPD respects your right to protest peacefully. We ask for your ongoing cooperation," the Boston Police Department said in a tweet to @Occupy_Boston, but did not mention any ultimatum.

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Protesters' tents have been in Dewey Square Park in downtown Boston all month, but on Monday they expanded to a larger section of the nearby Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.

Many linked arms Monday evening in a show of solidarity on their expanded turf.

In fliers handed out on site in Boston, and in a press release, the police told protesters: "If asked to leave an area, please do so peacefully."

Police said officers would arrest those knowingly in violation of the law "if necessary." They also warned protesters they would use video cameras to record any disorderly behavior.

Reuters, The Associated Press and NBC News contributed to this report.

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    BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: And now from the unrest in Egypt to the protests in the streets here at home, and another sobering sign of the economic times. A new analysis of census data has found that Americans' incomes fell more in the two years after the recession ended in '09 than they did during the recession. That painful reality is just one aspect of what protesters who have gathered around the country under the Occupy Wall Street banner are angry about. And this movement shows no signs of going away. NBC 's Mara Schiavocampo with us from Lower Manhattan tonight. Mara , good evening.

    MARA SCHIAVOCAMPO reporting: Brian , good evening. Today demonstrations continues in cities across the country, including here in New York , where protesters were joined by some new, younger voices.

    Ms. KRISTEN TAYLOR (New York City Teacher): European history.

    Group of People: European history.

    SCHIAVOCAMPO: From school to the streets. On day 24 of the Occupy Wall Street protests, demonstrators were joined by a group of students on their day off.

    Unidentified Girl: I want to make the world to be a better place.

    SCHIAVOCAMPO: Teachers rallied, too.

    Ms. TAYLOR: Our children have no arts curriculum. They play on a postage stamp-sized play yard once a week.

    SCHIAVOCAMPO: Groups gathered from Boston to Atlanta , voicing their anger about what they call an unfair economic system.

    Mr. TIM FRANZEN (Occupy Atlanta): We're here for the long haul. If we got to -- if we got to stay for a here, we'll be here for a year.

    SCHIAVOCAMPO: Over the weekend, at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington , YouTube video shows protesters targeted with pepper spray. In Des Moines , Iowa , 30 arrested for gathering at the Capitol . And in Atlanta , perhaps a sign of anger towards Washington . Video posted online shows Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis being denied a request to speak at a rally in his home state.

    Unidentified Man: The group is very divided.

    SCHIAVOCAMPO: The growing demonstrations are increasingly made up of more than young idealists, attracting people like 67-year-old Pat Reed .

    Ms. PAT REED: My life savings was invested in real estate and the stock market, and so now I have nothing.

    SCHIAVOCAMPO: Now backing from a major company. Ben Jerry 's posting a message to protesters on their website saying, "We stand with you." Experts say while broad support is important, it's time for Occupy Wall Street to define what they're fighting for.

    Mr. LARRY SABATO (UVA Center for Politics Director): For this movement to be effective, they have got to focus on the one thing that matters to most Americans right now, and that's jobs.

    SCHIAVOCAMPO: And the movement is getting a lot of financial support, as well. Here at Zuccotti Park alone, organizers say they're bringing in 5 to $6,000 in cash every day. Brian :

    WILLIAMS: Mara Schiavocampo , Lower Manhattan tonight. Mara , thanks.

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