May Day Protest Caravans Converging in DTLA [UPDATED]
4:20 PM Many of the protesters are at Pershing Square, and it is very crowded. Occupy LA is reportedly holding a General Assembly there.
4:14 PM A "splinter group" of protesters are milling in the streets in the vicinity of 4th and Hill, which is not part of the sanctioned protest area. There is a heavy LAPD presence, and the crowd is thinning. ABC7 reported on-air that there has been a dispersal order issued and the crowd is moving down the street.
3:17 PM The Southwind march has finally arrived at the meeting place in Downtown. The full 4-wind caravan is expected to move together now as planned. The protest is running a little behind schedule, but witnesses and the LAPD describe the action as peaceful.
A set of May Day protest caravans have begun to arrive in Downtown Los Angeles for their permitted gathering on city streets.
A "4 Winds" People's Power Car and Bike Caravan perched at the north, south, east and west corners of L.A. are converging as planned in and around Downtown L.A.'s Financial District. Already a heavy police presence is being felt in the area, and several streets are closed, and buses re-routed to accommodate the marchers. The main meeting point is 6th and Main.
Occupy L.A. describes the caravan as a "slow, city-paralyzing, carnival-esque descent into the center of the city," and activists are striking for the following issues: immigrant rights, healthcare, education, housing, police state and economic justice.
Here are some reports from the various "winds" of protesters: