November 17, 2011
Protesters at Bank of America Plaza in the downtown financial district locked arms Thursday afternoon and refused to leave.
Authorities repeatedly warned the group to disperse, but they refused to move tents set up on a grassy area in the plaza. The group began its second march about noon at the Occupy Los Angeles encampment near City Hall Park and headed back toward the financial district.
Ten protesters, locked arm in arm, faced off against a barricade of police.
Nathan Lucero, 30, said he took time off work Thursday to come to protest.
“I sympathize with these guys, but I’m not in a situation where I can get arrested,” Lucero said. “I have to pick up my kids at 5. I wish more people in my situation could come out and show support.”
The arrests came after 23 other protesters were taken into custody Thursday morning after they erected tents in the middle of a downtown street.