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Occupy L.A. keeps economic protest alive outside City Hall

October 3, 2011 |  8:32 am

Occupy LA Oct 1 2011

Protesters fed up with Wall Street's practices and influence woke up Monday to their third morning of camping outside Los Angeles City Hall.

Some of the approximately 100 activists planned to head across the street to join the throng outside the courthouse where Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, is on trial.

Members of Occupy Los Angeles, as their group is called, said they hoped to attract more media attention to their cause, which draws its inspiration from the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York.

The movement generally takes issue with corporate influence on government.

Police and protesters said the second night of the sleep-in had gone by without incidents or arrests.

The activists moved their encampment from the south to the north side of the building to accomodate a film crew scheduled to set up on the south lawn.

Protester Sean Tallen, 30, estimated that 150 to 200 people spent Sunday night on the sidewalk outside City Hall.

"Time will tell, and we'll see how big this gets," Tallen said.

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Photo: Johanna Rivera of Arcata relaxes Saturday in her tent on the City Hall lawn. Credit: Christina House / For The Times

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