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City takes first step in plan to remove Occupy L.A. encampment

November 24, 2011 |  3:58 pm

A sign posted Thursday details park hours

Signs posted at Los Angeles City Hall on Thursday warned Occupy L.A. protesters and others against staying in the park overnight, but police said there were no plans to evict people from tents on Thanksgiving night.

The signs, which note that the 1.7-acre park’s hours run from 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., went up after city officials made it clear in recent days that they want Occupy L.A. demonstrators to ditch their encampment at City Hall by next week. The group has been living in tents outside City Hall for nearly two months.

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The Los Angeles Police Department released a statement online saying that officers had no plans to evict protesters on Thursday and that the signs were “being posted in preparation for next week.”

Earlier this week, an aide to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa would not say what day the city plans to close the park — or exactly how much warning protesters will be given. But during a meeting Wednesday with several protesters, the aide, Deputy Chief of Staff Matt Szabo, said they would receive "ample notice."


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Photo: A sign posted Thursday details the park hours at City Hall. Credit: Rob Gauthier / Los Angeles Times