Hours after the city’s deadline for eviction had passed, Occupy LA was still standing.
Protesters who turned the 1.7 acre City Hall park into their home seven weeks ago made up for a sleepless night by crashing out on sidewalks, pallets, dirt and even in trees. A noticeably smaller crowd (police estimated 150 fewer tents following the deadline) remained vigilant for a raid with one protester even sleeping with her hand cradling a gas mask. By mid afternoon, a temporary injunction was filed by James Lafferty, the attorney advising Occupy LA, to stop any eviction until the courts could hear arguments over the rights of the protesters and the city. Perhaps as a precursor of an almost certain eviction, Los Angeles General Services Police, who are responsible for the park, entered the camp and removed wooden pallets and other debris that could easily be burned.
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