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Three more arrests in second Occupy L.A. protest

November 17, 2011 |  1:40 pm

Los Angeles police arrested three more protesters Thursday afternoon as part of a second wave of protests and marches in downtown Los Angeles.

The protesters were arrested about 1 p.m. at 3rd Street and Broadway for obstructing a police officer, police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said.

The group left the Occupy Los Angeles encampment in front of City Hall about noon and is headed toward the financial district. Hundreds were peacefully marching through downtown Los Angeles to protest financial inequality.

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Along Broadway, several businesses closed their doors and pulled down metal shutters as the group passed.

Protesters yelled, "You are the 99 percent" to LAPD officers returning to their cars. Several protesters clapped for the police.

Wendy Mattas, 52, an SEIU member from Adelanto who joined the labor group for the march, said, "Our battle is not against the police. It's against corporate America."

Earlier in the day, 23 protesters were arrested when they refused to disperse and remove their tents from an intersection on Figueroa Street.

Police said it was a peaceful "orchestrated series of arrests."

Marchers included members of the Service Employees International Union, the American Federation of Teachers, the group MoveOn.org, and Occupy L.A.

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