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Occupy L.A. protesters march downtown for second time

November 17, 2011 | 12:56 pm

Occupy LA march Nov 17 2011

Hundreds of protesters launched a second march on the downtown financial district shortly after noon Thursday, following a morning action that resulted in 23 arrests.

A group left the Occupy Los Angeles encampment in front of City Hall during the lunch hour and headed toward the financial district, where protesters earlier locked arms around tents in the middle of Figueroa Street to protest financial inequality.

Janitors, security officers, airport workers and other service workers were planning to join Occupy L.A. protesters and the Refund California Coalition to march from the Civic Center to the Wells Fargo Center in downtown Los Angeles.

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The protesters were followed by police on bicycles, Segways and golf carts as well as in patrol cars, but no arrests were immediately reported.

LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said arrests were expected if marchers blocked streets again.

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