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"Occupy the Bridge" 11/17/11
Hello and Happy Thanksgiving...
My first pictures post (although I'm a longtime poster in the help and customize threads).
Rather than individual captions I've included most of the text from the online story I did for a community college student newspaper ...
"More than 1,000 people took to the streets of Downtown Los Angeles Thursday morning to march and demonstrate in protest, highlighting the need for good jobs, taxing the 1%, and rebuilding L.A.
The "Occupy the Bridge" event was organized by GoodJobsLA.org, Occupy LA, and the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Local 99 and others. It started at West 3rd and South Hope Streets approx. 8 a.m. and wound through the Bunker Hill/Financial District area concluding under the 4th Street bridge at S. Figueroa Street about 9 a.m.
Once there they set up tents in the middle of the street and formed a locked arm circle of protesters around them, with a rally proceeding until the LAPD's order to disburse.
By approx. 10:30 a.m. (over an hour after the permits expired) the police announced that everyone would have 5 minutes to leave the street, as they were now deemed "an unlawful assembly."
After two more warnings the LAPD moved in with military like precision, creating a boxed off area with only the 20+ protesters and the tents still in the roadway.
Then while an LAPD Video Unit taped everything, they handcuffed everybody one-by-one and led the protesters to waiting vans (including an 81 year old who was part of the group). By 11:15 a.m. the remaining crowd had left the area.
Unlike many other "Occupy" protests taking place all around the country this event had no violence, pepper spray used or police assaults on the protesters. This was due in part to the fact that the organizers met with the LAPD before hand and alerted them to the overall details and also that a small group would be willing to be arrested and jailed for failure to disburse.
Compared to other Occupy demonstrations this event was almost anti-climactic in its conclusion. "
Thanks and C&C is welcome,
Member: ASMP; EP; NPPA; CPS
Last edited by rich56k; Nov-25-2011 at 07:27 AM.
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