Arrests made in LAX protest*

laxprotest.jpgAbout 12 so far, according to KNX, but apparently the brief disruption had been anticipated and there doesn't appear to be any major problems (other than the fact that they're marching near the airport on the day before Thanksgiving).. The SEIU-led event is expected to wind down by about 2 or 3. Here's a photo from LAX spokesman Nancy Suey Castles showing hundreds of protestors making their way along Century Boulevard. Here's an LAX update:

According to Los Angeles Police Department officials, Century Boulevard eastbound and westbound directions at the entrance to the LAX Central Terminal Area have fully re-opened, completing the first phase of the temporary street closures. Northbound Sepulveda Boulevard between Imperial Highway and 98th Street was temporarily closed shortly before 1 pm. Westbound I-105 exit to northbound Sepulveda Boulevard remains open and traffic coming out of the north side of the Sepulveda Tunnel is either going into the airport or being diverted onto eastbound Century Boulevard. Traffic continues to flow smoothly on CTA upper and lower roadways. Airlines are reporting no delays.

*From the LAT:

About a dozen protesters were in the process of having tie cuffs placed on their wrists after police gave them an order to disperse about 1:15 p.m. A dozen people sat down in the intersection at Century and Sepulveda boulevards after the order was issued, while the rest of the crowd backed away. Workers with Service Employees International Union-USWW passed out fliers to passengers, describing a labor dispute with an airport-associated contractor and a plea for better jobs and benefits at the airport.

*All streets are back open.

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