Occupy LA Camp Gets Reprieve

Occupy Philly protest still calm as well
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2011 7:53 AM CST
Occupy LA Camp Gets Reprieve
A member of Occupy LA protests on the street in front of City Hall in downtown on November 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The Occupy LA encampment got a stay of execution this morning—though a few arrests have been reported beyond the boundaries of City Hall Park. Two hours after protesters defied city hall's order to vacate the park by 12:01am, lawyer and Occupy supporter Jim Lafferty told Reuters he expected police to give the camp a two-day reprieve. At around 5am, police told protesters over a loudspeaker that they didn't intend to clear the park, the LA Times reports.

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Police do, however, intend to clear protesters out of the street, and several people who refused to move out of an intersection have already been arrested. "We definitely need to get morning traffic in," a police commander explained. Everything also seems calm at Occupy Philadelphia, where protesters defied a 5pm Sunday deadline to disperse. But as of last night, a police inspector said they didn't intend to forcibly evict anyone. "We look forward to working with Occupy Philadelphia and a resolution of the problem," he told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Confrontation is never good." (Read more Occupy Wall Street stories.)

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