After less than one week in planning, the sit-in protest over economic inequalities, called “Occupy LA,” descended upon City Hall yesterday with hundreds of demonstrators in tow.
Beginning from Pershing Square, approximately 400 protesters marched to City Hall, with the intention of staying. Police blocked traffic along the way, providing demonstrators safe passage.
Once they arrived their numbers swelled, peaking at an estimated 2,000, a turnout that even surprised organizers.
By noon, according to Emilio Arreola, the acting head of security for the group Occupy Los Angeles, said police had called off several units because “we have it under control.”
“Our goal is to keep it peaceful,” he said. “We are non-violent.”