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article imagePhoto essay: Eviction of Occupy Los Angeles postponed Special

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Nov 29, 2011 in World
Los Angeles - A deadline was announced for the Occupy Los Angeles encampment to vacate the premises in front of City Hall. The final eviction, however, has been postponed in an effort to keep the peace and to encourage people to leave at their own free will.
Digital Journal first reported on the mayor's announcement on Friday that a final deadline had been established to vacate the park in front of City Hall by Nov. 28 at 12:01 am. The mayor wanted to enforce the law of no overnight camping in the park, and said that the camp was becoming a health and public safety concern.
Just minutes before the impending deadline, the encampment was still lively and full of people. Many protesters were willing to remain at the campsite regardless of whatever consequences they may have faced.
A look at just part of the crowd in the area in front of City Hall as the eviction deadline approach...
A look at just part of the crowd in the area in front of City Hall as the eviction deadline approached. Many people stood in solidarity in defiance of the eviction order.
A group of people gathered to meditate on the steps leading up to Los Angeles City Hall in an act of...
A group of people gathered to meditate on the steps leading up to Los Angeles City Hall in an act of peaceful resistance. The guy on the far right is wearing a gas mask in case the police decided to raid the park and use pepper spray.
Several tents were still up at the Occupy Los Angeles encampment even as the eviction deadline loome...
Several tents were still up at the Occupy Los Angeles encampment even as the eviction deadline loomed.
People chanted,"We are the people! We are united! The Occupation is not leaving!"
Large crowds also filled the streets and blocked traffic. Police showed up to block off certain streets to traffic and pedestrians in an effort to keep the protest more contained. Orders were given by police for people to clear out of the streets and remain on the sidewalks, although this was largely unenforced.
A row of police officers blocks part of a city street to keep the protest more contained.
A row of police officers blocks part of a city street to keep the protest more contained.
Many of the people who had taken to the streets showed acts of defiance by holding up signs, climbing on structures, and other artistic expressions in their protesting.
People showed their signs while standing out in the streets.
People showed their signs while standing out in the streets.
People sitting in the street while a sign is displayed.
People sitting in the street while a sign is displayed.
By 2:00 am, there were still no orders given by police for the participants of the encampment to vacate the premises. The atmosphere was still mostly peaceful. According to CNN, only four arrests were made.
CBS Los Angeles reports that attorneys for Occupy Los Angeles have now filed papers with the court in an effort to stop the eviction process. They state that the eviction order is in violation of the protesters' First Amendment right.
Law enforcement still plans to vacate the park and enforce the rule of no overnight camping, but they are waiting for the appropriate time to ensure that the operation goes as peacefully as possible.
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