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Video: Scenes from the final hours of Occupy L.A.

November 30, 2011 |  5:08 pm

The last hours of Occupy L.A. began with protesters singing, chanting and playing musical instruments as darkness descended on City Hall. But the festive mood ended with a forceful and overwhelming action by more than 1,400 Los Angeles police officers.

The video above captures some of the scenes in the final moments of the two-month protest, which ended early Wednesday with police arresting nearly 300 protesters.

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told reporters Wednesday that the cost of dealing with the Occupy L.A. encampment, the police action and the cleanup could exceed $1 million.

But the mayor defended the decision to allow protesters to take over the City Hall park, saying that ensuring the right to free speech is expensive.

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Video: Scenes from Occupy L.A.

Credit: Robert J. Lopez/Los Angeles Times

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