Posts from the ‘Occupy LA’ Category
The aphorism “You can’t arrest an idea,” has permeated the social networks, as well as in broadsides around Los Angeles. And it’s true, you can’t—after L.A.’s showdown in the park and its relatively anticlimactic denouement, the momentum of the Occupy movement continues both in the media and on people’s minds.
People still ask what the Occupy Wall Street movement is about. At the very least corporations out of politics, bank regulation, and election reform. Everyone can get behind this, well, almost everyone.
From my thread on reddit:
(edited for grammar, etc.)
I was riding north on Spring St. It is on the west side of LA City Hall. Most protestors were on the South lawn.
A long line of cops ran out of the west side of City Hall running. Another rectangle of cops were marching east on Temple. I turned right and saw more cops running out of the North side of City Hall. I decided it was now or never so I turned right on Main St. heading south back in to the big mess of people. Cops were again running out of city hall and in to the center of the people. Cops were also running out of North City Hall building (I think that’s the name, it is the building just East of City Hall). After City Hall was surrounded these cops in all white jump suits ran in with lots of paper work and zip tie cuffs in USPS boxes. I shot photos for as long as i could, mostly near 1st and Main St.
When i tried to leave I couldn’t. I went north on Main St. I ended up disobeying the command of an officer and running through the North City Hall patio whatever to a stairwell (with my bike and cameras) and escaped. I proceded to take lots of perimeter photos, and now i’m back home (in Downtown LA) to edit.
See photos on flickr.com/mikeywally as I upload, I’ll post again when the upload starts. I apologize in advance for my slow upload time.
So it was a massive simultaneous armed eviction on peaceful protestors. I saw no violence, but i never went in very deep.
(Added info 1:28 AM) It was interesting being on a bike while the police were running out of City Hall. I was probably the only person that saw it all go down from every side.
I took over a hundred photos today. They will be uploading throughout the evening.
Click the photos for more photos.
LAPD strolls by as hundreds of people wait in line for free grams of marijuana in an act of civil disobedience.