Occupy L.A., Occupy Philadelphia Both Cleared; LAPD Handpicked Media Present For the Raid

Los Angeles moved to evict Occupy protesters from the park outside its City Hall last night, which the occupiers had been calling "Solidarity Park." More than a thousand cops in riot gear arrested 200 people and dismantled tents. According to reports, the eviction was mostly peaceful. The last holdouts were three guys up in a tree.

Meanwhile in Philadelphia, about 50 protesters were arrested overnight as the city evicted them from their encampment outside City Hall. Many protesters actually marched elsewhere instead of facing arrest, unusual for Occupy protests. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that they engaged in a "chaotic night of cat-and-mouse that ended before daylight" with police.

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Proud One Percenter: "Have You Ever Heard of Anybody Great That's Come Out of the 99 Percent?" (VIDEO)

We've had extensive coverage of the "99 percent" here at Runnin' Scared, but starting today we're going to try something new. Knowing they just don't get their fair share of time to speak to traditional media outlets (and certainly, they never get the ears of politicians), we'd like to open up a forum for a tiny, minuscule, fringe minority group of Americans: the one percent.

Today's entry is a YouTube video from our old friends at Inner City Media, covering Occupy L.A. on the Occupy Wall Street November 17 National Day of Action. We missed this video that day while we had our hands full covering New York's multiple actions and, since Occupy L.A. is facing eviction this morning, we thought it was a good time to circle back to how the one percent of the City of Angels felt about their occupiers.

In the exchange, two men in suits are watching a protest march happening on the street below them from an office tower in downtown in Los Angeles. Asked if he's part of the 99 or the one, one of the men says, "I'm part of the one that's making it so that these people here can get something from the government."

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