Perhaps taking a cue from the media debacle that hit Mayor Bloomberg after NYPD used the cover of darkness to raid the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park, L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa chose a different tact altogether: telling the occupiers outside City Hall about the planned eviction late last night. A grand gesture to give everyone a chance to fold up their tents, neatly stack their signs, and get one last drum circle in before heading home.
Or, you know, the exact opposite.
Protestors being protestors, they didn't exactly use this information the way it was intended, instead organizing a day-long block party in support of the movement — complete with a cameo by NOFX — and swelling their numbers overnight to the highest yet, no doubt many of them people who just wanted to "see some shit go down."
LAist followed last night's tense-yet-peaceful police/protestor stand-off, and issued the following update this morning:
11:05 AM L.A. Now reports that three protesters are filing "a federal injunction that would prevent police from dismantling the Occupy L.A. encampment around City Hall." The complaint was to be filed at 10am this morning.
So, it doesn't sound like the Occupy LA folks are going away for a while. But, as always, stay tuned. This could erupt in tear-gassing, pepper-spraying, and oodles of arrests any second now.
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