Shortly after 5 a.m. PST, police issued an order to disperse to those protesters gathered at 1st and Main streets. Most demonstrators complied, but a few refused to leave.
At one point, some protesters started throwing things at police officers. Several people were then arrested and one protester was carted off by officers.
Although city officials told demonstrators they had to vacate the premises and take their tents with them by 12:01 a.m. Monday, only a handful were seen packing up Sunday night.
Instead, some protesters distributed flyers containing the city seal and the words: “By order of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, this notice terminates your tenancy and requires you to attend the Occupy LA Eviction Block Party.”
“The best way to keep a non-violent movement non-violent is to throw a party, and keep it festive and atmospheric,” said demonstrator Brian Masterson. “And I’m going to be doing as much as I can to stop violence.”
Police said they still have no official plans to start evicting people from the City Hall park, which was officially closed at midnight Sunday. They said their main goal was simply clear streets for morning commuters.
Hundreds of officers wearing helmets and carrying batons lined the streets but continued to show restraint as of this morning.
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