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May Day protests: Arrests planned at LAX; Occupy march underway

May 1, 2012 | 12:53 pm


At least 10 people were planning to be arrested Tuesday afternoon as part of a May Day demonstration at Los Angeles International Airport, LAPD officials said.

Airport officials said about 1,200 members of SEIU United Service Workers West labor union held a demonstration and march inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal starting at noon.

Those traveling to and from the airport between noon and 4 p.m. were warned to expect traffic delays partly because of “intermittent, temporary closures of westbound and eastbound Century Boulevard,” officials said. But shortly for noon, according to a release from the airport, “vehicular and flight operations are normal at LAX.”

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“While flight operations are expected to be normal, passengers are advised to check with their airlines to ensure their flights are on time before coming to the airport,” airport officials said in a statement.

Meanwhile, members of the Occupy movement organizing Tuesday’s protest said they were preparing to descend on downtown. The protest will encompass four caravans or “winds” that were approaching downtown from four directions. The "winds" were scheduled to converge at 6th and Main streets around 2:30 p.m.

Cheryl Aichel, a member of the West Wind, said the group was at the corner of La Brea and Wilshire at 12:30 p.m. and began marching toward their next "flashpoint," MacArthur Park.

Reports and video on the progress of all the “winds” are being streamed online.


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-- Andrew Blankstein, Matt Stevens and Rosanna Xia