Occupy Los Angeles Faces Eviction Deadline Tonight
Hundreds of Occupy protesters will be evicted on Monday from their encampment in front of Los Angeles city hall, city officials have said.
The nearly two-month-old encampment is among the oldest and largest on the US west coast aligned with the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations protesting against economic inequality and the excesses of the financial system.
"We’re asking the participants in the Occupy LA encampment to pack their belongings and leave in an orderly manner," the Los Angeles mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, said at a news conference with the LA police chief, Charlie Beck.
"It is time to close the park and repair the grounds so that we can restore public access to the park."
Protesters must pack up their tents and dismantle their encampment by 12.01am on 28 November, the mayor said.
The compound, set up on 1 October, surrounds the city hall and has grown to roughly 400 tents and 700 to 800 people, according to estimates by organisers and municipal officials.
Compared with other major cities, Los Angeles has been relatively accommodating. Villaraigosa at one point provided rain ponchos to campers but said on Friday that the eviction deadline was firm.
"It took a couple of hours to put up those tents," he said. "It only takes a couple of hours to take them down."
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