The Final Occupation

Looks like Occupy La La Land is over:

Occupy L.A.: Police begin dismantling encampment

Hundreds of Los Angeles Police Department officers have deployed onto downtown streets to clear out the Occupy L.A. camp on the lawn of City Hall.

Columns of officers were seen swarming from several direction around City Hall and began to remove tents.

The massive deployment comes as police are facing down hundreds of chanting protesters at several intersections near City Hall. The protests have been peaceful and demonstrators were respecting the police lines.

Police have been converging on the stadium all evening as they prepare to take down the camp. In recent minutes, Metro buses filled with officers have left, headed downtown.
Some LAPD officers are already facing down protesters on the streets around City Hall. Deputy Chief Jose Perez, the incident commander for the night’s operation, said he had asked lawyers from the National Lawyers Guild — a group that has served as an informal intermediary between police and protesters — to fan out among the protesters and tell them they will have “a reasonable amount of time” to leave the park after the dispersal order is given.

“Those who want to be arrested will be. Those who don’t, won’t,” Perez said in a brief interview. The LAPD has closed off an area from Temple Street on the north to 3rd Street on the south and from Alameda Street on the east to Broadway on the west.

I’m not going to try to live blog this, but not surprisingly there are a disproportionate number of drama queens among the protesters. LOTS of cops too.

Live streams here and here

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9 Responses to The Final Occupation

  1. myiq2xu says:

    Another livestream here

  2. myiq2xu says:

    The arrests have started

    • votermom says:

      At moments, the differences in the cultures of the protesters and the police were drawn so sharply as to be comedic.

      At one point, a young man told a riot police officer: “If you give me a hug, I will leave right now.”

      They officer responded: “Are you serious?”

      “Yes,” the protester said.

      The exchange continued, but the officer walked away without giving a hug.

      Another protester, who had been watching, said to the officer, “He’s offering you a hug to leave right now, how can you do that?”

      Afterward, when asked his name, the man who had asked for a hug said: “My name is ‘Occupy.’ ”

      I do not blame that officer – they do not get paid enough to hug a 99%er pre-hose-off. That guy wants hugs, he should go to the TSA.

  3. Lola-at-Large says:

    The final throws were pretty pitiful, judging by OccupyWallStreetNYC on Twitter. Some noise about rubber bullets, a few standard calls for help, and then this:

    That’s Margaret Mead they’re quoting, and it’s a long way from “We are the 99%.”

    • DeniseVB says:

      The quote was used by the tea party, you know, the folks who ARE thoughtful and concerned WITH a coherent message for the change they want 😀

      Nice try OWS. Hope you regroup and come back, not quite as icky and with a message.

  4. foxyladi14 says:

    protesting ok.occupying not so much. 🙂

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