early 300 arrested in raid on Occupy Los Angeles

30/11/2011 22:43
 

LOS ANGELES—Sanitation workers wearing hazmat suits and masks moved in to City Hall park Wednesday to start cleaning up tons of trash, debris and human waste left after police evicted the 2-month-old Occupy LA tent camp in a mostly non-violent pre-dawn raid that resulted in the arrest of almost 300 people.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the cleanup and repair to the damaged lawn and park facilities would cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars, possibly more than $1 million.

City workers installed concrete barriers around the park around 5 a.m. when the park was finally clear of protesters after a sweep by 1,400 police officers.

The raid, which started shortly after midnight when swarms of riot-clad officers flooded the park, was conducted largely without violence by either police or protesters.

"It was a restrained application of overwhelming force that perfectly responded to the actions of the crowd," said police Chief Charlie Beck.

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