Posted by | November 26, 2011 14:43 | Filed under: Top Stories

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa supports the OWS movement, but says it’s time to move on.

“The movement has awakened the country’s conscience. It has given voice to those who have not been heard,” the mayor said. “I am proud of the fact that this has been a peaceful, nonviolent protest. It has been peaceful because we decided to do things differently in Los Angeles, not stare each other down across barricades and barbed wire.”

It’s not the end of the movement, but a step toward the next phase.

Occupy L.A. organizers said the end of the tent city would offer the movement an opportunity to evolve into what some of them called Occupy 2.0. They talked of renting office space and continuing the protests at various locations around the city. Mario Brito, 38, who also has been involved in discussions with City Hall, said several events were in the works to highlight the foreclosure crisis, one of the movement’s defining issues

“The tents are a symbol, no question about it,” Mr. Brito said. “But it’s not only about symbols. It’s about getting hard work done and building the movement. Just because we’re not at City Hall anymore doesn’t mean the Occupy movement has ended.”

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