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D.C. Police Arrest 55 Keystone XL Pipeline Protesters

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Protesters hold signs against the building of the Keystone XL Pipeline, a 1,980-mile (3,200-kilometer) conduit for oil from Canada's tar sands region to the US Gulf Coast, outside a Democratic event with US President Barack Obama, in Washington, DC, July 11, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Protesters hold signs against the building of the Keystone XL Pipeline, a 1,980-mile (3,200-kilometer) conduit for oil from Canada’s tar sands region to the US Gulf Coast, outside a Democratic event with US President Barack Obama, in Washington, DC, July 11, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — Police officers in Washington say 55 people were arrested during a protest against the Keystone XL pipeline.

Police say the group of demonstrators marched in the downtown area and some rushed in to the lobby of a building in the 1700 block of I Street NW. The building demonstrators targeted houses the offices of Environmental Resources Management, a consulting firm hired to assess the pipeline’s potential environmental impact.

Police and the building’s management advised the group to leave. When they didn’t, they were arrested for unlawful entry.

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