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

Lvgma0p7As police declared a tactical alert and began closing streets around the Occupy L.A. camp at City Hall, protesters vowed to stand their ground.

At City Hall, protesters girded themselves for a night of nonviolent civil disobedience. Some held hands at the top of the City Hall steps. They chanted, "I will not move from the offices of my elected officials until I am ready."

"We will not leave! We will not leave! We are people! We will not leave!" a person who identified himself as Tribe shouted on Spring Street behind a barricade of trash cans that protesters had set up.

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"I hope that when the police decide to show themselves…that they remind themselves that this is the first time in history that Los Angeles has kept a nonviolent approach to violence," the man said.

On a UStream video broadcast by one of the occupiers, broadcast at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/crossxbones, the narrator talked about wearing a gas mask to protect against pepper spray. The speaker said he didn't intend to antagonize any police officers.

A statement released by founding members of Occupy L.A. said they are calling "on all sides to ensure a nonviolent resolution to the encampment at City Hall."

The Occupy L.A. camp Tuesday night was more empty than was the case two nights ago, when the city declared the encampment illegal.

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--- Robert J. Lopez and Armand Emamdjomeh at City Hall and Rong-Gong Lin II

Photo: David Vargas, of Norwalk, shouts as Occupy L.A. protesters prepare for a possible eviction attempt by the LAPD.

Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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