It was really stupid of Los Angeles officials to announce the day and time when they’d be busting up the fleabagger encampment. Now they’ve assured resistance and plenty of media on hand to chronicle the end of Occupy LA.
The protesters whose tents line the lawn of Los Angeles City Hall made it clear that they received the eviction notice issued by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Whether they’ll heed it is much less certain.
With hours left before the Monday at 12:01 a.m. deadline the mayor and the police chief gave for Occupy LA, very few of the occupiers were packing, and many were instead were making plans for what to do when they stay.
Some handed out signs Saturday mocked up to look like the city’s notices to vacate, advertising a Monday morning “eviction block party.”
Dozens attended a teach-in on resistance tactics, including how stay safe in the face of rubber bullets, tear gas canisters and pepper spray.
Police gave few specifics about what tactics they would use if protesters ignored the deadline.
We say scoop them up.