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May Day onlooker at Olvera Street: 'I'm a little underwhelmed'

May 1, 2012 |  3:16 pm

Arriving by subway, light rail and auto from the San Fernando Valley and Pasadena, about 300 Occupy demonstrators gathered near Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday before heading to the main staging area at Sixth and Main streets for a May Day rally.

The two groups, calling themselves the North and East winds, milled about in front of the plaza, holding signs protesting everything from the state of healthcare to terrorism.

Melonie  Magruder, 54, a freelance journalist from North Hollywood, carried a skeleton with a sign declaring, "Dying for Health Insurance."

Drummers provided background music. Some people wearing neon green baseball caps said they were there as observers for the National Lawyers Guild to make sure law enforcement respected everyone's 1st Amendment rights.

Los Angeles police officers, standing a few feet apart, lined the streets around the Civic Center, outnumbering protestors.

“I'm a little underwhelmed. I wish there were more people," said Carlos Larios, 28, a sales manager from  Alhambra who was downtown for an appointment. "I think it’s a good cause. They just need a P.R. firm to get more people.”


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-- Rosanna Xia at Olvera Street