Occupy L.A. Seeks to Legally Block Eviction Order
Occupy L.A. has vowed to stay in encampment around City Hall citing their first amendment right despite a court order that would remove the protesters from the surrounding perimeter.
Three Occupy protesters planned to take their case to court as a last minute measure to block the eviction order. Occupy L.A. has accused the city of “arbitrary and capricious action in violation of the 1st and 14th Amendments by first approving the Occupy presence for 56 days before suddenly revoking permission through the unilateral action of defendants.”
L.A. mayor Villaraigosa has stated defiantly that he will enforce the eviction notice at all costs. Of course this means using the police to beat down and to pepper spray peaceful protesters such as what had occurred some time back at U.C. Davis.
By taking the legal route and attempting to beat the system at its own game, Occupy L.A. is steering clear of violence that if fostered and spilled over, could lead to a brutal crack-down by the state.
Mayor Villaraigosa should be upholding the right of the protesters to peacefully assemble rather than fighting to restrict their free speech. Such actions on part of the mayor will only lead to a public backlash that is surely to keep his ass from getting re-elected next term.