Activists Join Homeless in Protest at Echo Park Lake, Call for Meeting With L.A. Councilman O’Farrell

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Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who represents the 13th District including areas of Atwater Village, Echo Park, East Hollywood, Elysian Valley, Historic Filipinotown, Hollywood, Glassell Park, Little Armenia, Thai Town, Silver Lake and Mid-Wilshire/Koreatown, appears in this undated photo. (Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who represents the 13th District including areas of Atwater Village, Echo Park, East Hollywood, Elysian Valley, Historic Filipinotown, Hollywood, Glassell Park, Little Armenia, Thai Town, Silver Lake and Mid-Wilshire/Koreatown, appears in this undated photo. (Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

Homeless people and scores of activists protested as city crews arrived Friday for a cleanup at Echo Park Lake, publicly calling on Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell to meet with them and work out a deal allowing them to remain at the park.

If the city ejects the encampment, “it’s like breaking up a family,” said Davon Brown, who has lived in the Echo Park encampment for four months.

Protesters blocked a pathway in front of a city truck, sat on flattened tarps and stood guard by tents when sanitation workers and park rangers showed up Friday morning, demanding that workers spare tents and other belongings.

Many residents of the homeless encampment had already moved their tents to a sidewalk across the street before the crews arrived, but a few tents remained standing as the cleanup began. At times, protesters began chanting or argued with city workers, surrounded by reporters and activists holding up smartphones to record them.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.

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