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Echo Park fenced off following clashes between police, protesters; remaining homeless given 24 hours to leave

The remaining homeless people living along Echo Park Lake were given 24 hours to leave their encampment after protesters clashed with police Wednesday night.

A heavy police presence was still in place on Glendale Boulevard and Park Avenue Thursday morning as a fence was put up to close off the park.

Roughly 30 to 40 tents could still be seen scattered behind the fencing but the people living in those tents were told they would have to leave.

“No one else may enter. 24 hr notice for those in the park to leave. Housing resources are being provided to everyone,” Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said shortly before midnight Wednesday.

Police attempting to clear the encampment Wednesday night were met by several hundred protesters who believe it is wrong to move the homeless out of Echo Park.

The LAPD later declared two unlawful assemblies and gave an order to disperse from Santa Ynez Street and Glendale Boulevard. Police said officers were being assaulted with rocks, bottles and smoke bombs.

Some pushing and shoving was seen on video between police and protesters as smoke filled the air.

Police later dismissed […]

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