Protesters Arrested After Sit-In Shuts Down Westwood Intersection
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A group of protesters shut down one of the busiest intersections in Los Angeles on Wednesday in a demonstration against what it called economic injustice.
Police said an estimated 200 people — mostly UCLA students and teachers — showed up for the rally at the intersection of Wilshire and Westwood boulevards.
Activist groups “Make The Banks Pay” and “ReFund California” called for a two-day national protest over the high cost of student loans and higher education in general.
One group of protesters chained themselves together to block traffic, forcing police to reroute cars away from the area.
A number of supporters cheered on the group from sidewalks lining Wilshire Boulevard.
Police began removing protesters after they had sat in the intersection approximately an hour and a half.