Occupy LA in Downtown Los Angeles
Guest post by Zac from 2011.
While on a recent trip to LA for some site seeing, which I will be writing some other posts about, I happened upon LA City Hall and the Occupy LA movement (like the Occupy Wallstreet that has been getting so much press lately). Per the movement, City Hall park was full of tents, signs, protesters, and people like me checking out the action. I decided that since I was on a site-seeing photo trip that I would snap some pictures and share them here.
As you can see, the park is jam-packed with tents, and people camped out protesting. There were all sorts of people camped out supporting the Occupy LA protests, some looked like they had been there for weeks and had tents while others were just passing through.
There were various unions, organizations and messages of all sorts throughout the park trying to get their news across. There were even groups of people marching around LA City Hall shouting and waving signs with various messages protesting different issues.
Regardless of how you feel about the protest or the issues some of the most interesting things I noticed were that there was no clear message, no clear demands, no clear leadership, and no clear purpose, almost like protesting for the sake of protesting. With the smells of alcohol and marijuana in the air, people shouting and waving signs, walking about in all directions, and picking arguments with anyone who would stop to listen; the protests were unusual to say the least. If you are interested in more information on the protest head here. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.