I got a text about 15 minutes ago from an Occupy Long Beach member that said a group called Youth Justice Coalition has "liberated the abandoned Hyde Park Library at 6527 Crenshaw Blvd. The police have us surrounded."
I did a little checking and I found a story timestamped an hour ago that gives a little more detail on what is happening.
An attempt to clean a library in South Los Angeles has gone awry.
The Youth Justice Coalition had planned a cleanup of the former Hyde Park Library, 6527 Crenshaw Blvd, that started today and was going to last until Friday said Kurti Parekh, program coordinator for the group.
But at 9 a.m. LAPD officers arrived at the library and said the group does not have permission to be there, said Sara Faden of the LAPD.
Faden said the group was not planning to clean up the building but rather "occupy the building for demonstration purposes."
As of noon, police were still on the scene with members of the coalition. No arrests had been but Faden indicated that arrests for trespassing or an official order to disperse could come if the incident continues.
I think the best way to follow this right now is to search #Occupyla and hyde on twitter. It looks like Cross_X_Bones is trying to go livestream it. As always, the more people watching the safer everyone will be.
It looks like the group wasn't part of Occupy LA but a local group wanting to clean up blighted space to use for a few days of education for the community. It also sounds like LAPD is a little jumpy.