Occupy protesters leave City Hall park as LAPD closes area
The protesters said they wanted to let people know the movement was still alive but did not want to confront Los Angeles Police Department officers who at 10:30 p.m. locked the entryway of the chain-link fence surrounding the park.
Earlier Thursday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and city officials attended a ceremony to reopen the park, which underwent a $1-million face lift after the area was occupied by protesters who pitched tents in October as part of a nationwide protest against income inequality.
As the ceremony was underway, a dozen Occupy protesters, who had been barred from entering by police, stood unhappily on the other side of the fence.
"We're discussing how ironic it is that the reopening of this public park is closed to the public," one of the protesters said.
— Robert J. Lopez at City Hall
Photo: A protester who declined to give his name at City Hall park. Credit: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times