Occupy L.A. shift to bank executives' homes, country clubs vowed
With the Occupy L.A. camp cleared, activists vow to take their battle to other venues.
"City Hall and the occupation of City Hall was a potent and powerful symbol," said Mario Brito, an Occupy protester who was among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed Monday in an attempt to stop the city's action. But "our movement is not just made of symbols."
Brito said the protesters will focus on a national moratorium on foreclosures, and added that more short-lived encampments might spring up at various locations, including city neighborhoods, banks or the homes of bank executives, or even golf courses and country clubs.
Some protesters acknowledged that maintaining the camp had taken a toll.
"The camp did draw a lot of our energy, just managing the security and the food," said protester Magda Freedom Rod, 42. Like Brito, Rod insisted that Occupy Los Angeles is far from dead.
Photo: Occupy L.A. members gather near the fence erected around Los Angeles City Hall as they march along Spring Street toward the north steps of City Hall during a protest Wednesday night. Credit: Jay Clendenin / Los Angeles Times