Occupy L.A. protesters divided over how to handle eviction
As the Occupy L.A. encampment survived to see another morning, divisions were surfacing among protesters over how to handle their looming eviction.
One 35-year-old nurse from North Hollywood said she was not willing to be arrested.
"If police say, 'Disperse,' I'll go," she said. She said a faction of agitators showed up at the encampment Sunday night merely to confront police.
"We're about nonviolence," she said.
Others, however, vow to practice civil disobedience.
Protester Isaac Sofer said he was ready to be arrested, if necessary. He said he was among those arrested last week when LAPD officers arrested dozens protesters who blocked traffic on Figueroa Street. He said he was on the front lines of Sunday night's meeting with officers.
Sofer said he believed some protesters wanted a confrontation while others were giving up, disillusioned by the leaderless movement.
Police and city leaders set a 12:01 a.m. Monday deadline for protesters to leave the encampment, but as morning came police did not evict the protesters from City Hall Park. Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have said that midnight was never meant to be the time of eviction -- simply the deadline for when camping at the park became illegal.
Authorities have said that continued encampment outside City Hall is not sustainable, however they have not specified when they will force an eviction.
-- Ricardo Lopez
Photo: Stillwater, who has been at the Occupy L.A. camp for four weeks, vocalizes as protesters congregate near the south steps of Los Angeles City Hall on Monday morning after a pre-dawn faceoff with police. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times