Occupy L.A. protesters regroup, try to figure out what’s next
A few dozen Occupy L.A. protesters gathered Wednesday morning at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church near Olvera Street to get a little sleep and start devising a plan for what comes next.
Protester Brendan Hainer, 24, said he thinks the group will have to come up with a tactic other than camping.
"I hope it evolves in another direction because I don't think the police are going to let us continue a physical occupation," he said.
Hainer said he has been personally affected by the economic downturn. When he was younger, his father's software job was outsourced and he and his family were homeless for a time, he said.
Pam Noles, an observer with the National Lawyers Guild that has advised the protesters, gave high marks to both police and occupiers during the eviction.
"I would have to say honestly that the LAPD had their A game on," Noles said, adding that protesters should also be given credit for remaining nonviolent and not giving police any excuse to use force. "I was really proud of the occupiers who stood on message, stood on discipline and stood on faith. Both sides did what they had to do."
The occupiers with their tents joined a regular population of homeless in their sleeping bags outside the Queen of Angels church.
Meanwhile, Occupy L.A. meetings are continuing as scheduled Wednesday and General Assembly is expected at Pershing Square.
A "free-speech zone" on the west steps of City Hall will remain open even while the park is being rehabilitated.
Protesters have also planned a general strike for Dec. 12 at the Port of Los Angeles.
-- Abby Sewell and Kate Linthicum
Photo: Dozens of Occupy L.A. protesters took refuge at Our Lady Queen of Angeles Church following an LAPD raid on their encampment at City Hall. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times