Despite a 12:01 a.m. deadline set by the Los Angeles government, protesters remain on the streets near the Occupy Los Angeles encampment. The encampment near the city hall in downtown Los Angeles is one of the oldest camps, and unlike many other Occupy Wall Street encampments around the city, it has not been raided by police.
Early Monday morning, police surrounded the camp, but eventually said they would not evict the protesters. Reuters reports that around 2,000 protesters joined the camp to show their support. A few protesters and police clashed on a street corner after protesters refused to get out of the middle of the street. A small number of protesters were arrested. By dawn, the police lined up around the camps, but slowly backed off when the public park opened to the public.
On a livestream recorded by some of the 100 or so protesters that remained after the night’s standoff, members of Occupy Los Angeles praised the police for their tactics, saying the cops handled the confrontation well. They also wondered if the police may be planning a second eviction attempt later today.
Occupy Philadelphia also withstood an eviction notice. Though police have surrounded the camp and continue to maintain a presence there, according to a livestream, the campers have remained in the camp.
We’ll continue to follow the events today. KPCC had a liveblog of events that happened overnight. This is a livestream filmed by protesters: