Occupy Los Angeles
Solidarity group to Occupy Wall Street
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A group of protesters that has spent the past two nights outside City Hall as part of a nationwide series of demonstrations against Wall Street marched around downtown Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon during rush hour, tying up traffic.
Participants in Occupy Los Angeles marched south on Broadway toward Pershing Square and then headed back to City Hall on Hill Street.
ABC7 reported that police provided an escort for the marchers, even though they were causing traffic problems.
There were no arrests, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Cleon Joseph of the Media Relations Section.
Joseph did not provide an estimate of the number of demonstrators, citing department policy."
Occupy Los Angeles is a solidarity group to Occupy Wall Street, which began a protest in New York City on Sept. 17 in opposition to greed and corruption, according to its website.
Occupy Los Angeles and Occupy Wall Street have received the backing of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.
“What I see developing is reminiscent of what I saw in the Wisconsin Capitol last February when tens of thousands of students, union workers and parents stood up for collective bargaining rights and our democracy,” said Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.
“We must continue to speak out, organize and work together in order to rebuild the middle class.”
The city's response to last year's Occupy Los Angeles protests and two-month encampment at City Hall cost taxpayers at least $4.7 million, according to reports.
From early October to late November, hundreds of demonstrators camped in tents at the 1.7-acre City Hall Park as part of the national Occupy Wall Street movement. Protestors called for government and corporations to address what activists described as a growing disparity between the rich and poor. The encampment culminated in a massive overnight raid by the Los Angeles
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LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Police officers in riot helmets arrested 292 people today and, in a mostly peaceful operation, dismantled the tent city that sprang up Oct. 1 outside Los Angeles City Hall as a western outpost of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
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LOS ANGELES, Calif.—When news of the New York City police raid on the Wall Street protesters hit the Occupy L.A. encampment early this morning, about 100 noisy protesters marched from City Hall to the Nokia Theatre and back with Los Angeles police shadowing their movements and issuing a temporary tactical alert.
The demonstration began shortly after midnight with protestors beating drums and waving Occupy L.A. signs as they began marching in front of City Hall, according to a City News Service reporter at the scene.