Occupy LA Prepares For Downtown March

Police warn demonstrators not to block intersections

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They're hoping for the kind of impact  the May Day rallies had back in 2007.

Protesters say they will fill the streets of the financial district, blocking intersections with tents, and hanging banners over overpasses to the 110 Freeway. Labor groups and immigrant rights supporters will  join in, merging with Occupy LA in a loud, disruptive cry for economic justice, organizers said.

Anyone blocking intersections will be arrested, LAPD officials said.

Thursday's demonstration is a precursor to a larger march on Dec. 17. 

While police have cracked down on several Occupy encampments, the LAPD said the local Occupy protest is safe for now.

"No plans right now for late night raids," said Commander Andrew Smith. "No plans yet for an end date."

Several cities, including Portland, Berkeley, Oakland, El Paso, and Tulsa have cleared out their encampments.  

Occupy protesters said any ill feelings toward them are misplaced.

"Those problems are not because of the Occupy LA movement," said Alexandra Suh. "They're part of the problems within our society."

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