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Occupy LA Protests Are Tens Of Thousands Strong & Growing

First Posted: 10/16/11 08:20 PM ET   Updated: 12/16/11 05:12 AM ET

Thousands marched through Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, adding to the global throng of protesters that celebrated the one month anniversary of the Wall Street occupation.

The protesters that marched from Pershing Square to City Hall numbered ten to fifteen thousand people, reports CBS Los Angeles, and once again ended without a single arrest.

The Los Angeles Times has more on the peaceful scene:

The protesters' call-and-response chants echoed off the walls of high-rises and overpasses. "This is what democracy looks like." "Whose streets? Our streets." "We got sold out. Banks got bailed out." "We are the 99%!"

Despite the frustration and anger that many protesters expressed, the march took on a decidedly festive atmosphere. Families walked together, with mothers carrying babes in Snuggies and tattooed fathers toting toddlers on their shoulders. One woman twirled a Hula-Hoop around her middle as she walked. A man strummed a guitar. Several people pounded drums.

This video from the Franklin Gang notes that while Los Angeles' march was peaceful, other protests on Saturday's "Global Day of Action" were not so fortunate.

Violent protesters in Rome racked up $1.4 million in damages, reports the Associated Press. 175 people were arrested in Chicago, while dozens more were arrested in New York, Denver and Phoenix.

In contrast, the city of Los Angeles seems to have gone out of its way to show solidarity for the movement. The City Council passed a resolution last Thursday to formally support the Occupy LA protesters. Additionally, during the first week that occupiers camped out on the lawn of City Hall, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reportedly handed out plastic ponchos to protect them from the coming rain.

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