LOS ANGELES (CBS) — At least 23 “Occupy LA” demonstrators were arrested Thursday morning for unlawful assembly during a scheduled march.
LAPD officers arrested protesters who were camping in the middle of the street just before 10 a.m. A second march started around noon Thursday, but no arrests have been made in connection with that demonstration.
The “occupy” group is joining forces with labors unions and other community groups for two marches from the Bank of America Plaza to the corner of Figueroa and Fourth streets.
“There’s a movement afoot to really quash this movement before it gets as big as it possibly can get. We’re seeing a ramp up of pressure here in Los Angeles so we’re here responding accordingly at this point in time,” Occupy Media Coordinator Clark Davis told CBS2.
Drivers should expect serious traffic delays and street closures near the 110 Freeway and the Financial District.