Hundreds of riot police arrived at the camps anti Wall Street early Wednesday and dismantled hundreds of tents located in a park near City Hall in downtown Los Angeles, while another thousand uniformed were blocking the streets.
About 250 people were arrested in the U.S. (200 in Los Angeles and 50 in Philadelphia), said Los Angeles police spokesman Lorenzo Quezada. “Many of them left voluntarily” when ordered to evacuate.
The authorities were given the task of clearing the rubble and tents left in the square, where about 500 demonstrators had been protesting since October 1 against corporate greed and economic inequality.
“We will regroup. You can not dismiss an idea, can not dismiss a movement,” said a spokesman of the movement to the press.