Protesters have been in the camp for eight weeks, starting in October, and are being evicted tonight. The Occupiers have amassed their own library and even organized yoga classes in the City Hall park. Media restrictions for the eviction are tight.
The Official Occupy LA Livestream:
Watch Occupy Los Angels raid from CBS:
LA Weekly reports:
But a last-minute email to the LAPD’s press list last night — saying “any outlet interested in being considered for the [Occupy L.A. eviction] pool must have a representative attend this meeting, no exceptions” — has raised some concerns among smaller-time reporters covering Occupy L.A.
(And in the case of Occupy Wall Street, the bloggers and freelancers are often the only ones getting the story right.)
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles has said that he sympathizes with the protesters as a former union organizer and former president of the LA ACLU. We will see just how much he sympathizes and how he handles what could turn into a media debacle given the limited access and Los Angeles’ police department history.