Occupy LA eviction deadline passes, protesters remain

Grant Slater

Occupy L.A. protesters took to the streets after the deadline for their eviction from City Hall passed early Monday morning, prompting a police response.

Grant Slater

Occupy L.A. protesters took to the streets after the deadline for their eviction from City Hall passed early Monday morning, prompting a police response.

Grant Slater

Occupy L.A. protesters took to the streets after the deadline for their eviction from City Hall passed early Monday morning, prompting a police response.

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Occupy L.A. protesters took to the streets after the deadline for their eviction from City Hall passed early Monday morning, prompting a police response.

Grant Slater

Occupy L.A. protesters took to the streets after the deadline for their eviction from City Hall passed early Monday morning, prompting a police response.

Grant Slater

Occupy L.A. protesters took to the streets after the deadline for their eviction from City Hall passed early Monday morning, prompting a police response.

Occupy LA

Grant Slater

Occupy L.A. protesters took to the streets after the deadline for their eviction from City Hall passed early Monday morning, prompting a police response.

Occupy LA - Deadline Night at City Hall

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Midnight—Crowds stay strong outside City Hall as the deadline arrives for the building's south lawn to be closed.

Occupy LA - Deadline Night at City Hall

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Midnight—Crowds stay strong outside City Hall as the deadline arrives for the building's south lawn to be closed.

Grant Slater

Hundreds of protesters attended what could be the final general assembly on the City Hall south steps on Sunday night.

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Occupy Los Angeles protesters read parts of the Constitution and California penal code to the officer on duty at the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters on Sunday evening.

Grant Slater

A woman sings a protest song to kick off Sunday evening's general assembly meeting at Occupy Los Angeles.

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The Occupy protester who guided Sunday evening's general assembly spoke briefly with the encampment's official timekeeper.

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Eric Pendleton of Santa Monica dressed in a suit and tie as protesters held a general assembly on Sunday evening.

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Spokesmen for the LAPD fielded questions from reporters outside the encampment on Sunday night.

Grant Slater

The Occupy camp's kitchen remained up and running. A long line had formed to get a meal.

Grant Slater

Hundreds of protesters attended what could be the final general assembly on the City Hall south steps on Sunday night.


The deadline for Occupy L.A. protesters to evacuate their encampment at City Hall passed relatively peacefully Monday morning. As of 3 a.m., Los Angeles police had yet to forcibly evict protesters. There were no reports of arrests.

"No violence and no arrests," LAPD Commander Andrew Smith told KPCC's Eric Richardson. "So far so good."

As the 12:01 a.m. deadline passed with no movement by police to evict the camp, demonstrators began flowing into the surrounding streets in an apparent attempt to block them. Police in riot gear moved in as the crowd chanted "Whose streets? Our streets!"

LAPD responded by cordoning off the thoroughfare around City Hall and warning those in the street that they risked arrest if they remained there, prompting another chant: "Back to the park!"

Among the oldest members at City Hall Monday morning was 90-year-old Edwin B. Stegman. The longtime lawyer was one of thousands who joined the protesters Sunday evening. He told KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze that it was a "perfect night for a riot."

LAPD issued a tactical alert Monday as the deadline passed, allowing the department to keep extra officers on duty. So far, the police have been tight-lipped about how they plan to evict the nearly two month-old encampment.

Commander Smith told press that the department "will not discuss what our timetable is or what our tactics are."

Earlier Sunday, Mayor Villaraigosa said in a statement that protesters would have "ample time to remove their belongings peacefully and without disruption."

Protesters gathered on the lawn of City Hall all throughout Sunday to plan their reaction. Some took down their tents in anticipation of an eviction. Others, incited by the mayor's call, put new tents up. At a meeting, organizers called for a December 12 "occupation" of Los Angeles ports.

"The coalition stands in solidarity with all west coast occupations that will take place in key west coast ports and cities on this day," organizers said in a statement. "The intention is to effectively disrupt the capital flow and profits of the 1 percent in the billions of dollars."

The Occupy L.A. encampment has been in place since October 1st, inspired by the "occupy" encampment that sprouted first at New York's Wall Street, and spread from there to locations throughout the country.

Demonstrators originally gathered to protest what they consider the unfair wealth disparity in the United States. After several attempts at negotiations between City Hall and Occupy L.A. representatives, Mayor Villaraigosa announced Friday afternoon that protesters would have to evacuate the premises, citing sanitation and safety concerns. Many have vowed to stay put.

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