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Occupy LA march draws thousands downtown

October 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Shouting and waving signs, a wave of demonstrators made its way through downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, condemning big banks for helping trigger the nation's financial crisis.

Occupy Los Angeles is part of a movement that began on Wall Street against corporate greed and economic inequality has now gone global.

Thousands of protesters took part in a march billed as "Occupy Los Angeles Global Day of Action," a local counterpart to the worldwide movement of large-scale demonstrations. Protests took place in cities across the world, from Toyko and Hong Kong to Paris and Rome.

The march downtown began at Pershing Square, passed through the financial district and ended with a massive rally at Los Angeles City Hall.

Police were out in force looking for any signs of trouble, but the protest remained peaceful.

In Long Beach, a smaller crowd of protesters marched through the city's financial district before ending at Lincoln Park.

See photos of Occupy Wall Street protesters being arrested during a march in New York on Friday morning.