Monday, November 28, 2011

Occupy protesters defy deadline to leave Los Angeles park - 28th Nov 2011

Demonstrators held their ground in Los Angeles' City Hall Park early Monday morning, defying a 12:01 a.m. deadline to leave the encampment that had been in place for almost 60 days.

Protesters encouraged members who spilled into the streets to return to the park -- which some dubbed "Solidarity Park."

"Back to the park!" protesters chanted.

Police in helmets moved in on the scene, though it was not immediately clear whether anyone had been arrested.

Crystal Page of Good Jobs LA, one of the groups working with the Occupy LA movement, said demonstrators did not intend to vacate.

"We are just prepared to stand in solidarity and to defy a raid (by police) as long as possible," she said.

Sunday night, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the deadline, saying "an encampment on City Hall grounds is simply not sustainable indefinitely." Read More