Occupy L.A. Remains Another Night; Shrinks From Thousands to Hundreds
Occupiers infesting street on Sunday November 27
Occupy L.A. stayed untouched Monday night and protesters stayed put, 30 hours past the eviction deadline.
But unlike Sunday night, which had more than 2,000 occupiers present, the late Monday/early Tuesday population in front of City Hall had shrunk to around 500 people, a number which continued to slowly decrease thought the night.
Protester numbers weren't the only thing that dwindled...
... Media attention shrunk dramatically too. All the local TV stations left by 11:20 p.m., and at 2 a.m., only two media representatives braved the early morning chill, including L.A. Weekly.
No public demonstrations were conducted, but a commotion began around 12:45 a.m. when a siren-blaring fire engine and ambulance arrived on the corner of 1st and Main streets to care for a woman who had trouble keeping her eyes open and complained of her face hurting.
A small crowd swarmed, but when a man shouted "this doesn't matter, just leave her alone," the crowd dispersed.
After the paramedics loaded her into the ambulance and drove off, the camp returned to its quiet state for the remainder of the night.
Craig Tonnies, a young protester who has been occupying for two months, believed that the LAPD was going raid the camp because of the dramatically reduced population.
"It feels like tonight," said Tonnies around 11 p.m. "It would make sense if they did it tonight."
But the police resisted, and instead a group of 15 officers remained at arms length, standing in the courtyard of police headquarters across the street for the entire night.
By 5 a.m. the majority of the camp was sleeping, and it seemed as if Occupy L.A. would live for another day.
LAPD never showed any intentions to even attempt to clear the camp. An officer who walked through the camp to his post at the west entrance of City Hall said that LAPD Commander Andrew Smith would not be arriving to make a statement and was probably in bed after a long night on Sunday.
The biggest threat to the occupiers appeared to be the constant presence of squad cars that slowly circled the camp, like hungry sharks waiting for their weakened prey to die so they can finish them off with ease.
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