Thousands of people marched from Pershing Sq to the Los Angeles City Hall this afternoon. The shear numbers have forced the LAPD to backoff of their hardline attitude and allow us to occupy both the lawn and the sidewalk on all sides of city hall. Even the march was made without a city permit, the police stopped traffic so that the march could move efficiently through the downtown city streets. At the General Assembly last night the decision had been made to march down Broadway, normally filled with shoppers on a Saturday, rather than the normally empty financial district. The reception of the shoppers on Broadway was fantastic and the honking of passing cars has never stopped since we arrive at city hall hours ago.
Since the marchers arrived at city hall, it has been one grand celebration. Many more have joined their ranks. Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic spoke and so did Marcy Winograd and many others. Dozens of pizzas where delivered and passed around as many ate their first meal of the occupation. Water was declared the official soft drink of the revolution. Anons in Guy Fawkes masks carried a sign with saying “No Wat but Class War.” Now folks are gathering on the South lawn listening to poetry readings as a trumpet plays softly in the background. Soon they will be having the first General Assembly.
The city council is now said to be “99%” in support of Occupy Los Angeles but it remains to be seen how the LAPD responses after scheduled activities end at 10:30pm and people begin to bed down because nothing has been set for sleeping arrangements.
So stay tuned for updates.
Saturday morning, people gather in Pershing Sq.
It took more than seven minutes for marchers to leave Pershing Sq.
Occupy LA - day 1, marchers arrive at City Hall
Occupy Los Angeles, day 1 South Lawn of City Hall
Sitting on the South Lawn
Occupy Los Angeles, day 1 North Lawn of City Hall
Occupy Los Angeles, day 1 Poetry Reading
Occupy Los Angeles @ City Hall
Anonymous @ Occupy LA
Piggie speaks at Occupy Los Angeles
Night falls on Day One of Occupy LA