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Marches Only Part of Odd Evening Commute Through Downtown L.A.

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, October 03, 2011, at 07:06PM
Occupy LA - Day Three March Eric Richardson / blogdowntown

Demonstrators from Occupy LA march through Downtown Los Angeles on Monday, October 3.

A pair of marches associated with the Occupy Los Angeles demonstrations stayed away from most of rush hour traffic, but a freeway suicide and malfunctioning trains combined to make it an odd commute around Downtown L.A. this evening.

The two marches carried a similar message against bank bailouts and large corporations, but took different tactics in their approach to Downtown streets. The first, organized by United Teachers Los Angeles made its way from the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex to the Mellon Bank building at 4th and Hope, where demonstrators briefly held a sit-in inside the bank lobby. Afterward, the group of roughly 100 made its way toward City Hall, keeping to sidewalks and obeying traffic lights.

The second march took its message to the streets, slowing traffic on Broadway and Hill as it made its way from City Hall down to 7th and back. Several LAPD cars trailed the marchers, holding back traffic but taking no action to keep the marchers out of the street.

Just to the north, traffic on the 101 was slowed after a 44-year-old woman jumped onto the freeway from the Hill Street overpass around 3pm.

Those staying off the roads did not fare any better, as Metro's Red and Purple lines were delayed and forced to share one track through Downtown due to a mechanical issue. Metrolink trains were delayed at Union Station to try and accomodate slowed commuters.


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