LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Occupy L.A. protesters marched back to City Hall Wednesday night and reassembled at the west steps.

Some demonstrators attempted to take down the fence that was erected around City Hall Park before fellow protesters intervened.

The fence was put in place Wednesday morning after the LAPD cleared the encampment where Occupy L.A. protesters had been camped since Oct. 1.

Mayor Villaraigosa announced the intended eviction of the Occupy L.A. camp last week, and gave demonstrators a deadline to clear out by midnight Monday.

The group defied the order and asked a federal judge to intervene.

Late Wednesday night, around 1,200 officers began to move in to the area around City Hall to force protesters out. After announcing an unlawful assembly, 292 arrests were made, and tents were removed from the park.

The court where the injunction was filed announced later Wednesday that the injunction was denied since protesters had been cleared out of the park before the request ever reached a judge.

About 100 protesters gathered at Pershing Square in Los Angeles Wednesday night before marching back to City Hall where LAPD officers stood watch.

“We’re back because this is freedom of speech,” said protester Caity Malcolm. “There is no steam rolling us.”

They say they will return each night.

“Most of us just want to have our general assembly,” said protester Bradley Maxwell, “which is where we talk about ideas and proposals, and move the movement forward.”

Villaraigosa said Sunday despite the park closure, the steps of City Hall would remain open during park hours to the Occupy L.A. movement, as well as other groups who wish to exercise their freedom of speech.

“We will close and rebuild the park,” said Villaraigosa, “so that any individual will have the opportunity to use this free speech zone to exercise their first amendment rights at City Hall.”

Comments (22)
  1. Dom Perignon says:

    So, you don’t like conservatives or liberals and seem quite unaware that Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto. IE, what’s the difference between a Marxist and a communist? Your user name pretty much sums up your intelligence level.

  2. Doms mom says:

    Dom didn’t do to well in school. Please forgive him.

  3. kim says:

    Enough all ready go home and stop with all this We have had enough of you this is not the 60’s

  4. kh says:

    Can’ t you comment with out using bad word enough all ready

    1. kh says:

      jd i here yeah just bothers me people have to talk like that there could be younger crowd reading this and its hard enough for them in this generation

    2. Astonished says:

      Yes I can tell just by looking at his post. I would be offended if he actually said anything intelligible.

      Yeah, he definitely annoying, in a cloying kind of way, like those older than-mold-fruit cakes your Aunt or Grandmother used to send you at christmas.

      Maybe this is his way of venting his anger so he doesn’t kick the dog or something.

  5. KILL3R says:


    1. kim says:

      i understand what your saying but is this making a difference no just us tax payers having to pay for all the damages they caused overtime with LAPD park damages and stealing from small stores around the area

  6. Karen says:

    wg..af = All talk, no action. Waste of cyberspace.

  7. steve says:

    Send them back to occupy Loserville.

  8. roxana says:

    villarrigosa you and the police are cowers. acting like stupids with people in need, people voted for you crook. and now protecting your f$$%$% with the police who do you think you are a excpoor hispanic and a piece of trash. go to hell with all your police officers cowers.

    1. 1% says:

      I assume you are an “Occupier.” Please do us a favor. Have other “Occupiers” help you with your grammar and spelling before you make another post. If that is the best you can do, then you really need to use your “99%” of the time to go back to school.

  9. steve says:

    Free speak is one subject. A camp site for losers is another.

  10. Astonished says:

    “Park repairs were going to be paid for by a subset of the occupy group.” Really? With what funds? I’ll believe it when I see it but I’m not holding my breath.

    The only things those squatters did was bequeath the taxpayers of Los Angeles City a huge clean up bill, 25 tons of C*ap, and contaminated ground.

    I just can’t wait for the mayor to increase my property taxes to get money to fix this mess! Gee, I’m so grateful that Occupy LA is looking out for my interests. . .NOT!

  11. roxana says:

    to the 1% you gay that need to go school is you don’t be so stupid and send your old mother to the school. and you are an ignorant gay understand donkey…&%$#

    1. debrarae says:

      To Roxana, learn how to spell and stop acting like a FOOL!

  12. BKA says:

    Freedom of speech is why we live in America, just use this freedom at the ballot box instead of destroying property that my/ our taxes pay for. And, there is a job for almost anyone, but you must be willing to do the job and not simply wait for a government hand out. So get the dishwasher job and work your way up to a better position. Not every job is a high paying job and nor should it be.

    And Villaragosa, you need to pay from your personal bank account for the rebuilding of this park, as you allowed these people to congregate in mass without a city permit. There are permits issued for events. And there are not campground facilities at this park. So Villaragosa needs to pay for this mess clean up and rebuild, as it is his poor leadership skills that will cost the city more money!

  13. cez says:

    roxana roxana roxana…… enough is enough they proved their point now its time to let it go.

  14. rankin1 says:

    LAPD is raking in big overtime for xmas , about a 100 dollars an hour thanks to these rejects.

  15. Astonished says:

    Good for you! Acknowledging your faults is the first step towards healing!

  16. Chris says:

    Geez people, why dont you do this for the high Gas prices???

  17. debrarae says:

    Time for you lawless thugs to go home. Your rights to protest ended, where your incessant harassment of law abiding citizens (and their CHILDREN) began!


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