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Occupy L.A.: Confrontation occurs on Broadway at 1st Street

Los Angeles police officers faced off with a group of about 100 protesters on Broadway at 1st Street who were trying to get closer to City Hall before midnight Tuesday.

The group, heading east toward City Hall, ran up against a wall of several dozen police officers, armed with batons and wearing face shields, preventing them from accessing the main Occupy L.A. camp.

Meanwhile, several hundred protesters marched from City Hall to that intersection, chanting "We are the 99%!" Police officers also had batons and face shields, trying to keep the two crowds from joining up. They also chanted, "Let them in! Let them in!"

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At Broadway and 1st Street, some protesters urged their fellow demonstrators to stay nonviolent. Others, however, we're antagonizing police.

"It's just a job! Remember that! You're [expletive] people!" one protester shouted at a line of LAPD officers in riot gear.

Meanwhile, Joe Gonzalez, who has been camped out at City Hall for more than a month, was packing up his tent.

"I don't want to go to jail," said Gonzalez, 43, of Sylmar. "I don't want anything on my record."

"The point of being out here," he said, is "to party and to have no disturbances by police..."


Protesters vow to stand their ground at Occupy L.A.

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-- Joel Rubin, Ricardo Lopez and Rick Rojas

Photo: Standoff at 1st and Broadway. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

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