LOS ANGELES (CBS) — After the city of Oakland tried to force Occupy Oakland protesters off city property, rioting broke out. Dozens were hurt, including an Iraq war veteran who is now in critical condition.

With Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, an early supporter of the movement, saying it’s time for the protesters to pack it up and move elsewhere — anywhere but city property — the question has to be asked…with Los Angeles face similar rioting?

Serene Branson, reporting for KCAL9 and CBS2, went out Wednesday in search of answers.

For their part, Occupy LA organizers said they’re not going anywhere. And Branson reports, the normally placid crowd is on high alert. She reported “tensions ran high.”

Said one protester, “They can try to shut us down until the cows come home. We’re just going to come back stronger.”

The mayor says he wants to work with the protesters but says they cannot camp out at City Hall forever.

In a statement, Mayor Villaraigosa said, “The lawn is dead, our sprinklers aren’t working…our trees are without water. The protestors must respect city laws and regulations, and while they have been allowed to camp on City Hall lawns, that cannot continue indefinitely.”

For the organizers, the City Hall lawn isn’t the point. Many of the protesters told Branson, variations of the same theme. “We’ve had enough and we are tired of what is being done from the top down.”

The mayor and City Council might be losing patience. But as one protester put it to Branson, “we won’t be daunted. We’re just going to keep coming back and coming back…like Chinese water torture.”

Serene Branson

Comments (11)
  1. Sam Sindaha says:

    who complained? why not on city property they are city people arnt they?

  2. Jerry Frey says:

    Abraham Lincoln said this: “If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”


  3. Thomas Bleming says:

    The mayor should remove his ass from public office. He’s a puppet of the ZOG.
    A new day is dawning across this nation and I don’t think it’s going to be too far off in the future, where we’re going to have a full scale war, right here, in the good ‘ole USA, if things don’t settle down with these bullies in black, beating, macing, tear gassing,shooting and arresting non-violent protesters, who by the way are fellow Americans and who should be allowed to redress their grievences in a peaceful manner, as is guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.

  4. The Big Logic says:

    Villaraigosa is a Latino POS, but he’s in the right toilet…LA along with all the other POS.

  5. j says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.
    After two wars spanning ten years, the U.S. Military has become proficient in its concealment and use of torture. Torture is also being used by the DOJ (Department Of Justice) to help fabricate evidence and punish dissent.

    The FBI and DEA use sleep deprivation, drugging, humiliation, psycological stress, stress positions, threats of violence, threats of death, etc… Suspects respond better to suggestion and hyptotism which in turn make for higher conviction rates.

    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    How is it that the 9/11 terrorists could live for two weeks just two miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland, take flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers, could not speak English, and be on State department terror watch lists.

    1. John says:

      And what does any of that have to do with a bunch of idiots camping out on the lawn at City Hall and killing the grass? Tear gas/pepper spray these fools and get them out of there already.

      And are we really surprised over rioting in Oakland? One of the most dangerous cities in the nation Oakland? What’s next, criminal activity in Detroit? Give me a break.

  6. jeffy d says:

    They all need stripped and whipped.

  7. antimsmnews says:

    The occupy protester have collected over $400,000 in donations so far.

    Yet the homeless are shunned from eating there.

    How about Occupy a Soup Kitchen?
    You can get more stats on the protest at my website:

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