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Occupy Long Beach Protest Peaceful, No Arrests

"Occupy Long Beach," part of a nationwide movement calling itself the 99% majority of Americans against greedy Wall Street traders and bankers, went smoothly, police said.

Long Beach police early today praised the 'OccupyLong Beach' demonstration downtown that drew 300 people "peaceful and orderly" and required no arrests or tickets.

"The police department ... supports the right of every person to assemble and demonstrate in a lawful manner, which was the case in today's event," states a news release issued by the Long Beach Police Department.

The gathering took place in Lincoln Park, beside the downtown Long Beach main library, where shortly after noon, the group marched north on Pacific Avenue to Fourth Street, police said.

Demonstraters then moved to Pine Avenue, then to Ocean Boulevard, before returning to Lincoln Park, where a group stayed the remainder of the afternoon, chanting and holding signs aloft, police said.

At night, a small group tried to pitch tents, but removed them when asked by police, since camping at the park would violate a city law. Occupy Long Beach members stated on their official Facebook page that they moved in order to not get arrested, which would reduce their presence to the public.

However, demonstraters remained on the sidewalk through the evening, to continue the demonstration, police said.

"Today’s demonstration was a display of mutual respect between police and the demonstrating community," the release states.

"Demonstrators were able to exercise their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech while obeying all applicable laws," police stated.

maurice October 16, 2011 at 09:55 PM
I think there should be more people out in protest. WE need to show the Wallstreet people and the goverment we won't stand for it.
John B. Greet October 22, 2011 at 04:35 AM
Since Occupy Long Beach apparently has no city-issued permit, the taxpayers already seem to be footing the bill for portable flood lights and such in and around Lincoln Park. Even so, let’s hope Occupy Long Beach remains relatively responsible in its advocacy and doesn’t end up the entitled laughing stock that Occupy Oakland seems to have become. Even uber-liberal Oakland seems to have now had its fill: http://biggovernment.com/kolson/2011/10/15/occupyoakland-panic-the-potties-are-full/ http://biggovernment.com/amarlow/2011/10/21/occupyoakland-evicted-by-city-hall-protesters-plan-to-stay/

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