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Protesters, all part of the "Occupy" movement, came here to make it as difficult as they could for authorities to execute the eviction. They say they came to defend Dawn Butler’s home.
They locked arms, tied the front gates shut, grabbed on to iron railings, used plumbers' pipe - anything they could to keep the marshals out of what was dawn butler's home.
Butler claims she and her mother are being evicted illegally. She says she has paid her rent on time and in full since they moved in in 2006 and has even placed a bid to buy the home from her landlord.
But that the bank, Chase, that holds the mortgage foreclosed on him and she says is now putting her out on the street. And the marshals would not be denied.
The circumstances of Butler’s case are less clear-cut. She said she had an arrangement with the home’s original owner to live there without paying rent as she renovated the property, and had tried several times to purchase it. But a judge in the District’s landlord-tenant court rejected this unusual arrangement and ruled that Butler’s lease was invalid, prompting Tuesday’s eviction.