LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demonstrators gathered Wednesday night time to protest the deliberate momentary closure of a Los Angeles park that may displace a big homeless encampment, which has grown all through the coronavirus pandemic.
About 200 folks, together with demonstrators and a few homeless folks, gathered as greater than a dozen police automobiles and a few sanitation vans confirmed up at Echo Park Lake.
Individuals confronted a line of police in helmets on a road close to the park, some shouting, “The place would you like us to go?” Some officers gave the impression to be carrying batons or projectile weapons.
Shortly after 10 p.m., police started herding demonstrators away from one finish of the park and later declared an illegal meeting, permitting arrests.
Antonia Ramirez, 60, was wrapped in an American flag blanket and vowed to remain.
Ramirez, who has been homeless for 20 years and has lived in parks in LA and neighboring Orange County, stated she moved into Echo Park Lake the earlier night time.
“They’re now closing the park however there was no discover given … it’s like a dictatorial, fascist regime,” she stated. “I’m not leaving. I can be arrested and I’ll spend my time in jail.”
Metropolis Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, whose district contains the neighborhood simply north of downtown, stated in a press release that police have been requested to help “group security efforts” whereas fencing was put in.