Air & Space Museum closed by demonstrators

October 8, 2011 - 5:15 PM
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A demonstrator lies on the ground at an entrance to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington after police pepper-sprayed a group of protestors trying to get into the museum Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, as part of Occupy DC activities in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington's National Air and Space Museum is closed after demonstrators tried to enter the building with signs and at least one person was pepper-sprayed.

Smithsonian spokesman John Gibbons says a group of demonstrators, estimated between 100 and 200 people, arrived at about 3 p.m. Saturday and tried to enter the free museum.

Gibbons says when a security guard tried to stop them, saying they could not enter with the signs, he was apparently held by demonstrators. A second guard used pepper spray on at least one person and the crowd dispersed. One woman was arrested.

A number of groups have been demonstrating in the city in the past week, including members of Stop The Machine and Occupy D.C., a group modeled on the Occupy Wall Street movement.