Occupy Riverside campers evicted
Just hours after the nation's largest remaining Occupy camp was cleared in Los Angeles, police asked protesters to leave the Occupy Riverside encampment in a public plaza near City Hall.
About 30 protesters who have been camping near 9th Street and University Avenue since Thanksgiving were complying and disassembling their tents, said Lt. Jaybee Brennan of the Riverside Police Department. There had been no arrests.
“We asked them to clear their tents, and at this point they have been voluntarily doing that,” Brennan said Wednesday morning.
A tweet from Occupy Riverside organizers said police arrived just after 6 a.m. Wednesday.
The camp was initially cleared Nov. 6, when police arrested 11 protesters who refused to move their tents from the public plaza near City Hall. The tents returned, however, staying through the Thanksgiving holiday.
Brennan said police remained at the scene as they oversaw the disassembling of the camp.
-- Matt Stevens
Photo: Police ask Occupy Riverside protesters to leave. Credit: Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times