Occupy LA Protests Through Downtown
Activists marked the second month of the anti-corporate "Occupy" protests with a loud, rhythmic, but orderly protest through downtown Los Angeles.
The demonstration began at 7 am outside the Bank of America building then snaked through the financial district, stopping outside the World Trace Center Building at Figueroa and Third. Protestors, many holding signs, banging drums, and wearing bandanas, chanted slogans such as "his is what democracy looks like" and "Bank of America, Bad for America."
A second protest occured in the afternoon, and was similarly raucous but with fewer arrests.
Traffic was ensnarled around most of the streets as Los Angeles Police Department officers set up a barricade around the demonstration route.
Interactions between protestors and LAPD were largely peaceful with most backing down at the police barricade just below Third street.
A group of demonstrators held hands and encircled several tents set up on Figueroa street. When the protest was ordered to disperse at 9:15 am, those 23 demonstrators were arrested.