Monday, November 28, 2011

Still Occupied

12:01 a.m. Monday came and went and the OWS encampment at Los Angeles City Hall remains, at least for now. DH and I were there from 10 p.m. until about 3 a.m. when our aging feet carried us back to the car despite our best efforts to turn them around. At that point a loose police line (loose in that between every two officers there was room for at least two more--not a police wall as I've seen many times in the past) surrounded the park on the far sides of Spring and First where we were standing, equal numbers of protesters hoping to be arrested and people with cameras/phones hoping to record that happening stood, sat and lay in the intersection, and police had given no order to the crowd to disperse. As far as I can tell, the point of announcing the 12:01 deadline was to provoke the most exciting and impressive showing of solidarity with the protesters to date, insure media attention and, maybe, to cause the protesters to expel a tremendous amount of energy to soften them/us up for eviction at some unannounced time in the near future.

Occupy LA protesters still encamped at City Hall.

Photo LA Times, maybe Rick Loomis?

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