Occupy LA Holds Midnight March Following NYPD's Occupy Wall Street Raid
Occupy LA was launched in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in New York's Zuccotti Park, and late last night, while the New York Police Department conducted a raid on the encampment, Occupy LA's protesters took to the streets here to show their support.
News of the NYPD raid on OWS, as ordered by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, came to the Occupy LA protesters at City Hall via Twitter and online video stream from NYC. About 100 Occupy LA participants marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles upon hearing the news.
During the impromptu event, "the LAPD briefly went on tactical alert, but there were no reports of arrests," notes L.A. Now.
Of the police presence, Occupy LA posted the following on their official site:
As the protesters were ending their march, the Police joined / escorted them on their way back to Camp City Hall. We thank the police for joining us, but we ask that they bring signs instead of batons and other weaponry next time. After all, we are a peaceful movement.