The eviction seems to be proceeding smoothly. There will be an undetermined number of “residents” leftover after the exodus, but the concern for LAPD will likely be those who arrive for the festivities from elsewhere. There have been unconfirmed reports of groups hostile to LAPD that see this as an opportunity to be exploited, much like the group that broke off in Oakland going on a vandalism junket apart from the main body of demonstrators.
The 50-day point was passed, but will the Occupy Los Angeles encampment last another 50? And if not, what will cause the disbursement of more than 500 people at a given time? Will it be the city council, the cops, the fire marshal? Or will the Occupation Movement suffer from apathy or fatigue or buckle under the pressure of the elements, the lack of food and shelter during the winter?