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Police arrest at least one Occupy L.A. protester

Occupy L.A. protesters and police on the street in front of City Hall early Monday.

Apparently defying a police order to disperse, at least one Occupy L.A. protester was arrested early Monday for refusing to leave the intersection of 1st and Main streets in front of City Hall.

Shortly before 5 a.m., police declared an unlawful assembly at the intersection, saying they needed to clear the streets for morning traffic. Hundreds of police officers in riot gear lined up on the street, forcing people off the street and back to City Hall Park.

Most of the protesters complied with the police request, retreating back to the park or nearby sidewalks.

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“We just want to open the street for the morning traffic,” Cmdr. Andrew Smith told a KTLA-TV reporter.

Two officers led the handcuffed protester to a police vehicle.

Smith said there were no immediate plans to start evicting people from the park.


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Photo: Occupy L.A. protesters and police on the street in front of City Hall early Monday. Photo: Michal Czerwonka / Getty Images.

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