Nov 30 2011

Eyewitness Report: Occupy Los Angeles Raided, Tent City Dismantled

Occupy LA’s two month long tent city outside City Hall has been dismantled by LAPD after a raid that began last night a few minutes past midnight. About 1,400 police officers, some in riot gear, flooded the steps of City Hall and arrested about 200 protesters who were prepared to hold the camp, some of whom were new arrivals. There were no reports of violence. However, the Associated Press is reporting that “[b]eanbags fired from shotguns were used to subdue the final three protesters in a makeshift tree house.” Accompanying the police was a bomb squad and a Hazmat team. However, no illegal substances, drugs, or weapons were found anywhere on the camp. As of 5 am this morning, the park in front of City Hall, renamed Solidarity Park, is empty. Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, 40 people were arrested in a similar raid in Philadelphia, clearing that’s city’s occupation.

GUEST: KPFK’s Ernesto Arce was at the Occupy LA encampment since 9:30 pm last night and has been covering the movement on the ground intimately.

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  1. Brandt Hardinon 30 Nov 2011 at 12:55 pm

    We are being subjected to a police state where protesting is not being tolerated. These evictions exemplify the suppression of our civil liberties including the right to organize, one of the basis rights set forth by our founding fathers. Police brutality is running rampant under orders from Governors who have their pockets lined with Wall Street and Special Interest monies. Stand up and lend your voice with these free posters I was compelled to design on my artist’s blog at