OWS Los Angeles Clashes With The Police (11/17/11)


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Two days after Occupy Wall Street protesters were cleared out of New York's privately owned Zuccotti Park, OWS protests were held across the country in a show of solidarity.

While some other governments and citizens of large cities have grown tired of the Occupy movement, the Los Angeles City Council still maintains its open invitation to the protesters to occupy City Hall's lawn.

But today, OWS protesters in Los Angeles left their lawn and took to the streets, first blocking downtown traffic in the midst of rush hour and later in the day blocking traffic as they marched to the doorsteps of Bank of America and Wells Fargo.

Reason.tv was on the scene for the march to the banks and captured some of the day's twenty-six arrests. Protesters made it to Bank of America but were stopped by several police units at around Broadway and 3rd for about half an hour. Violence was minimal, as the SEIU organizers of the march worked to keep most protesters out of the street.

Protesters seemed pleased by the relatively peaceful outcome, and most vowed to keep the encampment at City Hall alive indefinitely, whether the city government granted them permission to or not.

Check out Reason.tv's ongoing OWS videos and coverage here.

About 4 minutes. Shot and Produced by Zach Weissmueller and Tracy Oppenheimer.

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