WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia police have arrested at least six protesters after entering a city-owned building in downtown Washington that was being occupied by a group inspired by Occupy D.C.

Supporters of the protesters cheered as officers led demonstrators outside in handcuffs and into two police vans.

The group Free Franklin began occupying the four-story Franklin School on Saturday, protesting the lack of housing for homeless people. The historic building served as a homeless shelter until 2008.

Participants with handkerchiefs over their faces lowered a banner from the roof that said “Public Property under Community Control.” Protesters said police and firefighters later entered the building with crow bars and other instruments, and the banner came down.

Demonstrators blocked alleys next to the building even after police officers went inside.

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