Time to hit the road, chumps.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ordered the shutdown of the Occupy L.A. encampment on City Hall grounds at 12:01 a.m. Monday, saying officials can no longer “maintain the public safety of a long-term encampment,” according to a statement issued Friday.
Villaraigosa said the city’s General Services Police Department, which enforces the law in city parks, will walk through the encampment handing out bilingual fliers and give verbal notice that the park will close. Social workers will also visit the encampment, according to the statement.
“Occupy LA has brought needed attention to the growing disparities in our country and I look forward to its ongoing efforts to build an economy that works for everyone,” Villaraigosa said in his statement, handed to reporters at 4:30 p.m. “As we continue to respect the exercise of everyone’s First Amendment rights in our civic center and throughout Los Angeles, City Hall Park is temporarily closing out of concern for the public safety implications of a long-term encampment.”
Los Angeles officials actually offered office space to the pathetic losers, but it was rejected. Now they’ve got nothing. Well played.
On Thursday Occupy L.A. released its first official statement to the city, rejecting a reported city proposal of work space and land –- and vowing to stay camped out on the lawn until their grievances were addressed. According to protester Ruth Fowler, the statement was written collaboratively by several hundred protesters and was approved with 100% consensus during Wednesday’s general assembly meeting.