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VIDEO: Occupy UCLA Protest Temporarily Shuts Down Wilshire, 11 Arrested

Eleven protesters were arrested during the demonstration, which caused gridlocked traffic in Westwood Village and on Wilshire Boulevard.

UPDATE, 9:40 a.m. Thursday: According to Facebook posts, all 11 protesters arrested during Wednesday's demonstration have been bailed out.

UPDATE, 4:29 p.m.: Eleven protesters were arrested during the demonstration, said Norma Eisenman, a spokeswoman for LAPD.

UPDATE, 3:26 p.m.: LAPD has peacefully removed the students from the intersection and the protest is moving to the sidewalks. Several people have been escorted to waiting police cars, but a police spokesperson said no arrests have been made yet. Traffic on Wilshire Boulevard has resumed but northbound Westwood Boulevard remains closed.

UPDATE, 2:44 p.m.: The Occupy UCLA Facebook page claims the group is responsible for the protest and notes 11 students have been arrested.

UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: Roads are still closed and people are seated in the middle of the intersection.

Helicopters hovered over one of Westwood's major intersections as a large crowd of people gathered on street corners and in the middle of the road for a protest.

Organizers chanted "we are the 99 percent" as police closed the intersection to all vehicle traffic. Organizers declined to identify themselves, but the protests are part of a week of activism organized by ReFund California. Wednesday was the first day of the organization's "ReFund Public Education Action Week," protesting tuition hikes at public universities and cuts to services. Protesters held various signs protesting bank bailouts and tuition hikes at UC schools.

Earlier in the day, student protesters met in Bruin Plaza on campus.

Eastbound traffic on Wilshire was routed onto Gayley Avenue. Westwood Boulevard was closed between Lindbrook and Wilshire. Expect delays in the area.

Kristen Papac November 10, 2011 at 12:18 AM
With the amount of cops I just witnessed there I'd believe the occupy UCLA facebook page. The cops say they didn't arrest anyone but the occupy UCLA facebook page says 12 were arrested. I'd believe them with the amount of police coverage there: "The 12 arrested will be taken to Van Nuys for processing and will be released later tonight. We're asking everyone to meet at the bear at 4 for debrief and planning to support them!"
Sara Fay November 10, 2011 at 12:33 AM
Just heard from LAPD that 11 people were arrested. Thanks!


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