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Occupy L.A.: Police corral protesters back toward City Hall park

November 28, 2011 |  2:09 am

Occupy L.A. protesters who had swarmed onto downtown streets faced off with police early Monday morning as a skirmish line of officers with batons slowly moved protesters back toward their now-illegal camp at City Hall.

After the midnight deadline passed for protesters to vacate the park at City Hall where they have been camping for seven weeks, hundreds of protesters and their supporters converged on the streets surrounding the park chanting, "Whose streets? Our streets!"

At one point, protesters surrounded an SUV where LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith was issuing orders from a loudspeaker.

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The protesters seemed to be responding to the police corralling tactic aimed at moving them back toward the park.

Although police officials were being tight-lipped about their strategy to clear protesters out of the park, their general strategy early Monday seemed to be to keep protesters penned in the area.

Officers were blocking several of the surrounding streets to keep other protesters from moving in.

Occupy L.A. members were telling each other that people who stayed in the park would not be arrested and those who stayed in the street would.

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-- Joel Rubin at L.A. City Hall

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