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Dianne Feinstein: Occupiers lack focus, can't continue forever

October 26, 2011 |  3:06 pm

Occupy Los Angeles protesters plan to join forces with the teachers union to protest education cuts

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) suggested Wednesday that  the occupy movement represented so many different frustrations that it lacks focus.

“There are all kinds of different agendas going on” that it is “hard to figure out what people want,” Feinstein said during a wide-ranging luncheon conversation with pollster Mark Baldassare at Town Hall Los Angeles.

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When asked during a brief session with reporters afterward whether it was time for Occupy L.A. to end, the state’s senior senator said: “I think it’s very important that people have the ability ... to utilize their First Amendment rights....I  don’t think people, for example, can sleep in a square for weeks on end. You have to have some order to it.”

Do demonstrators “have the right to occupy forever? I don’t think so,” Feinstein said.


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Photo: An Occupy L.A. demonstrator outside City Hall. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times