8 Occupy protesters arrested at Democratic HQ

Published On: Dec 20 2011 08:14:04 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 20 2011 08:14:24 AM CST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Eight Occupy Iowa protesters have been arrested at the Iowa Democratic Party headquarters in Des Moines, where they protested measures being considered in Washington dealing with issues including defense spending, a planned oil pipeline and jobless benefits.

Twelve protesters entered the party headquarters Monday morning. A few hours later, eight were escorted away by police and placed into a van. Police say they will be cited with trespassing and released.

The arrests came two days after the protesters set up camp outside President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters in Des Moines to demand he agree with them on the issues.

Protester Julie Brown says the goal wasn't to get arrested but to bring attention to defense spending, plans for an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas and other matters.