November 28, 2011
TIMELINE: Occupy L.A.‘s last stand?
Update 6:26 a.m.
LAPD arrested four demonstrators. Cars and buses-normal traffic-proceeded on 1st street by 6:20 a.m.
Update: 6:13 a.m.
Prompting cheers from the Occupy demonstrators, police began leaving the site at 6:06 a.m., riding on the back of trucks and departing in groups on motorcycles. More than 50 officers were on a one-block radius on 1st St., between Main St. and Spring St.
It was a night and morning of mixed emotions from the Occupy camp. One moment many were cursing the police as they made arrests. No more than 30 minutes later, demonstrators thanked the police for their peaceful tactics.
Update: 6:00 a.m.
Police officers in riot gear who had, only a few minutes before, come to the edge of the encampment, began slowly backing away in line from the camp, appearing to be taking orders.
Three days earlier, city officials issued an eviction notice against Occupy L.A.
Update: 5:50 a.m.
Adam Rice, an Occupy L.A. demonstrator, said “the people won.” The police wanted to clear the camp out by one minute after midnight, but the Occupy demonstrators held the camp until 5 a.m., Rice said.
Monday morning marked the first time the police came onto the encampment “with force,” Rice saId. It was not the first time arrests were made related to Occupy L.A., he said, explaining that police arrest demonstrators on Nov. 5 during a daytime rally.
Rice said that there were 6,500 people in total support of the camp at various points from Sunday evening to Monday morning,
“It was beautiful. I couldn’t even get a seat,” Rice said of the Occupy L.A. General Assembly meeting that took place Sunday night.
Estimates on turnout varied. Tony Nathan, another participant at Occupy L.A., estimated that nearly 2,000 people turned out for the anti-eviction demonstration, counting those who have been camping out and people who came for the single protest.
Update 5:20 a.m.
Smith said the protest has been non-violent for the most part.
Update: 5:15 a.m.
The other main area of action at Occupy L.A.. In defiance of the eviction, the nonviolent sit in at the center of the camp, continued.
Update: 5:08 a.m.
Reports from various news outlets came in before midnight on Monday, Nov. 28 that Occupy L.A. demonstrators had taken to the streets outside Los Angeles City Hall, gathering on 1st St, between Spring St. and Main St. in defiance of city officials’ announcement that the anti-corporate protest movement would be evicted today.
An organizer with Occupy L.A. said that he’d heard that LAPD officials planned on arresting demonstrators remaining in the street but would not enter the encampment until daybreak. By 4 a.m., the police, standing at the southern edge of the camp, had not arrested anybody.
The announcement that the camp would be evicted was made three days ago, according to Occupy demonstrators.
The Journal is live on the scene reporting. Check back for updates.