Los Angeles occupiers are out in full force to mark their one year anniversary.
They’re gathering at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles. The square has become the center of the Occupy L.A. movement since protesters were ousted from the City Hall lawn
Occupiers say they’re protesting corporate control and what they call the social, economic and political injustices that continue to affect people’s everyday lives.
Los Angeles police forcibly removed the protesters last winter from the City Hall lawn that they dubbed "Solidarity Park." Occupiers say the removal from City Hall did not stop their message.
Protesters say it was the Occupy movement that finally brought light to the many injustices facing people in America. They say people who criticize the movement haven’t been paying attention to the results.
In fact, occupiers in Los Angeles have stopped several fraudulent foreclosures from occurring. And they’ve applied pressure to multiple banks to stop charging fees for basic services.
L.A. occupiers also remain focused on what they call the criminalization of homelessness. They say corporate influences are pushing leaders to force out the city’s massive homeless population for the sake of making a profit.
Occupiers say they’re concerned that most Americans still seem unwilling to address the real problems facing this country.
Los Angeles police officers were on the scene for the entire demonstration. There are no reports of arrests or altercations.