North, East and West legs of Occupy-led protest converge downtown
More than 300 protesters, many representing the Occupy movement, marched from the Olvera Street area across from Union Station and headed south along Los Angeles Street.
The protest encompasses four caravans or "winds" that were to converge at 6th and Main streets about 2:30 p.m. The protesters on Los Angeles Street represented members of the North Wind, from the San Fernando Valley, and the East Wind, from the San Gabriel Valley and East L.A. About 2:45 p.m., the West Wind joined up.
The marchers, some on bikes and others walking, sang Pete Seeger's "Solidarity Forever" and chanted "Whose Street? Our Street" as they made their way to 6th and Main streets downtown.
Some protesters carried signs that read "Nationalism Breeds War" and "People over profit," while others waved rainbow flags and called for passing motorists to honk if they supported the march. Many drivers did, and the crowd repeatedly yelled, "We are the 99%," the motto of the Occupy movement.
One 22-year-old man, who identified himself only as Revolt, was carrying a hunter green tent -- with the help of two friends. On one side of the tent was a mural of the City Hall area, the scene of the Occupy protest that ended in late November.
"It's great that we're getting united again to take back our government," Revolt said.
The marchers on Los Angeles Street were followed by seven LAPD cars.
-- Rosanna Xia
Photo: A man, who identified himself only as Revolt, carries a tent to the convergence of about 300 Occupy protesters in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Rosanna Xia / Los Angeles Times