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Occupy protesters plan to pitch tents outside federal building

Occupy LA tents in November 2011
Occupy protesters planned Thursday to pitch tents in front of a downtown Los Angeles federal building to oppose what they say are overly harsh immigration enforcement measures.

The Occupy ICE protesters, convened by a coalition of unions and immigrant rights' groups, planned to gather at 11:30 a.m. and march from the main plaza at Olvera Street to the federal building at 300 N. Los Angeles St., which houses Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices.

The protesters are calling on the federal government to put a halt to deportations and  "persecution of immigrant families."

Organizers said they expect about 2,000 people to take part in the action, which will include what has become a regular event since the rise of Occupy Wall Street -- pitching tents in front of buildings.

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Photo: Occupy Los Angeles tents outside Los Angeles City Hall in November. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

 
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