Occupy LA's Diehard Protesters Dig In At City Hall Park
The showdown between police and protesters ended four people arrested. There were no reported injuries during the non-violence protest.
“From a medical perspective, it was boring, but that’s good. That means everybody was safe,” he said.
Rodriguez, who hails from Whittier, California, has been worked in the Occupy LA first aid tent for a month. He said there was a problem of people stealing supplies at night.
“It’s not a healthy place to stay for a long time,” he said. “Some of the people have nowhere to go, so they’re stuck here. Some of these people are better off here than they were previously.”
Daniel Brown, 23, came to the City Hall park six or seven times a week to show support since the second week of encampment. He is a part-time student from Los Angeles City College while working three part-time jobs.
“I was really disappointed people couldn’t linger on for a few more hours, especially considering the tactics various other police departments in different cities have used,” Brown said.
About 1,000 protesters blocked the intersections of 1st and Main Street and 1st and Spring Street last night until around 5 a.m. when police issued an order to disperse. The number of people on the street drastically diminished with most returning to the encampment at City Hall park, according to LA Times.
More tents at the City Hall park disappeared this morning. It’s hard to estimate how many are still staying as some tents are empty since last night. Some stayed over the night on the ground with a blanket between the tents.
“The people that are here are the people who matters,” Brown said.
A man who named himself “The Holy Ghost” has been camping on a folding bed at the mural opposing the south steps of City Hall for nearly two weeks.
“My way of protest is simply sitting here and watching everything unfold in my feet,” he said. “I expect these people are going to find another camp to go to.”
While most stay close to the ground, a man decided to occupy a higher place.
Mark Lipman, 43, moved up into a tree with all his belongings and tent last night in south side of City Hall park. He said this is the best form of peaceful non-cooperation for him to show support. He joined Occupy LA Oct. 1, the first day of encampment.
“If they want to kick us out, I was going to make it as difficult as possible,” he said.
Noeo Pedraza, 20, felt tired in the morning, not sleeping for the past 24 hours.
“We succeeded in not getting evicted last night. I’m really proud of everybody for that,” he said.
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