LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Two potentially unruly demonstrations are expected to take place Monday in the Southland — one at L.A. City Hall and the other at UCLA in Westwood.
Confrontations that may provoke arrests are planned at both locations, activists at Occupy Los Angeles and at UCLA said Saturday.
The planned protest at UCLA comes is response to a University of California regents meeting slated for Monday. Hundreds of demonstrators are expected to gather.
Students plan to stage loud demonstrations under the banner “Make Millionaires Pay,” as the Board of Regents attempts to hold a meeting for the second time this month. An earlier meeting, in San Francisco, was cancelled amidst security concerns.
The UC system has been rocked by amateur video of UC Berkeley police using batons against limp protestors, and UC Davis police calmly dousing students sitting on a campus path with pepper spray.
Across town Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to order Occupy L.A. activists to decamp from City Hall Monday.
A spokesperson for Occupy L.A. Saturday urged activists to gather at City Hall by 11 p.m. Sunday “to send a strong message to the ruling elite and politicians who desperately want the Occupy movement to end.”
Villaraigosa had praised the Occupy movement Friday for changing the agenda of political and economic-policy debate in the nation. But he also said it was time for the campsite on the once-verdant City Hall grounds to be dismantled, beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday.
“Occupy LA has brought needed attention to the growing disparities in our country and I look forward to its ongoing efforts to build an economy that works for everyone,” Villaraigosa said.
“As we continue to respect the exercise of everyone’s First Amendment rights in our Civic Center and throughout Los Angeles, City Hall Park is temporarily closing out of concern for the public safety implications of a long- term encampment.”
Occupy L.A. organizers reject claims that the city has supported them. “They do not and never have,” said a manifesto sent to news outlets today. “The pending eviction attempt is part of a wave of nationally-coordinated state repression against the Occupy movement as a whole.”
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