Occupy L.A. participants on Sunday rejected a city official’s midday plea to move their political activism indoors and depart the park space that encircles Los Angeles City Hall.
The standoff sets the stage for a possible confrontation just after midnight ”” the deadline authorities set for clearing the park.
”œUntil the grievances of the 99% are addressed to end corporate control of the system, the government and the media, Occupy L.A. will be here exercising our 1st Amendment rights and petition for our grievances,” said Julie Levine, acting as one of several spokespeople for Occupy L.A., which is loosely organized.
Levine and others addressed the media and onlookers shortly after Councilman Bill Rosendahl urged them to make ”œa peaceful transition from this land to action.” Rosendahl pledged that city officials would try to address their demands and also would provide space outside City Hall for gatherings that would have to end each night by 10:30 p.m.
”œIt’s important to truly exercise one’s constitutional rights,” said Reese, who was not speaking on behalf of Pacifica. ”œWe need a public space where we can do this 24/7, not on a permitted basis a few hours of the day.”