Protesters prepare to take over downtown L.A. intersection
Organizers of a demonstration planned Thursday morning in downtown Los Angeles say protesters are prepared to be arrested by police for committing acts of civil disobedience -- including shutting down an intersection.
The march, which is timed to coincide with other demonstrations across the country to protest the imbalance of wealth and power in the country, is set to begin at 7 a.m. at Bank of America Plaza on Hope Street. It will then make its way through the Financial District to the corner of Figueroa and 4th streets, where demonstrators plan to shut down traffic by erecting tents in the middle of the street.
Jacob Hay, a leader of the coalition of labor and community groups that helped organize the march, said the group has secured police permits, but that protesters are prepared to be arrested for blocking traffic.
Occupy L.A. protesters also are expected to attend the march. At the encampment outside City Hall, protesters gathered Wednesday night to share tips on civil disobedience.
Another downtown protest is planned at noon Thursday. That march, which has been organized by the labor union that represents janitors, security officers and airport workers and several community groups, including ReFund California, will begin at Occupy L.A. and end at the Wells Fargo Center on Grand Avenue.
Marches on the financial district have been common since Occupy L.A. began nearly two months ago. At one march last month, 11 people were arrested and officers in riot gear were sent to the scene.
In San Francisco on Wednesday, police in riot gear arrested Occupy protesters who took over the lobby of a Bank of America branch in the city’s financial district.
-- Kate Linthicum at Los Angeles City Hall
Photo: Occupy L.A. protesters march through the downtown Los Angeles financial district Nov. 5 during "Bank Transfer Day."
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