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63 arrested in protest at West Hollywood hotel

July 22, 2010 |  7:33 pm

Authorities arrested 63 people Thursday evening during a protest by hundreds of hotel workers in West Hollywood.

The protesters were cited and released at the scene on misdemeanor charges of failing to disperse, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The protesters had blocked traffic near Andaz West Hollywood, a 257-room Hyatt brand hotel in the 8400 block of West Sunset Boulevard. Click here for a Times picture gallery of the protest.

The organizers had arranged with deputies who would be arrested, said department spokesman Steve Whitmore. "It was very peaceful," he said of the protest.

The workers, who included bellhops, housekeepers and bartenders, said the workers have endured staff cuts, reduced hours and excessive injury rates at local hotels, such as the Hyatt chain.

People were leaving the area about 7 p.m., the department said.

-- Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez

Click on the following link for a Times photo gallery of the protest.

Photos: Hundreds of protesters at demonstration where arrests were made in West Hollywood. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times