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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Occupy LA eviction begins as police move in

Police in riot gear enter Occupy movement camp outside Los Angeles City Hall after mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's deadline

Police in riot gear have moved into the Occupy LA encampment outside City Hall to enforce the mayor's order to evict protesters who have been camped out for the past eight weeks. Hundreds of activists, joined by supporters streaming into the area in a show of solidarity, crowded the lawn, sidewalks and streets around City Hall as helmeted officers moved into the encampment.

Local television news showed large numbers of police, patrol cars, buses and other vehicles at Dodger stadium, a few miles away, in what appeared to be a major police staging operation.

The Los Angeles encampment, which officials had tolerated for weeks even as other cities moved in to clear out similar compounds, is among the largest on the west coast aligned with a two-month-old national Occupy Wall Street movement protesting economic inequality and the excesses of the US financial system.

Protesters began arriving at the City Hall park on 1 Octctober, and within weeks the encampment had grown to include as many as 500 tents, with 700 to 800 full-time residents.

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