Police clear Occupy camps in Los Angeles, Philadelphia (video).

Police in Los Angeles and Philadelphia dismantled tents and arrested…

Police in Los Angeles and Philadelphia dismantled tents and arrested Occupy protesters who refused to leave city property early Wednesday.

Los Angeles police moved in at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday (3:30 a.m. ET). About an hour later, the City Hall lawn was cleared and closed for cleanup. About 200 people were arrested in the operation, utilizing some 1,400 officers, said Police Chief Charlie Beck.

Police described the operation as fairly peaceful. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa early Wednesday praised officers’ professionalism.

The Los Angeles encampment, which has been in place for some 60 days, had become the largest remaining one after police raided New York’s Zuccotti Park on November 15 and dismantled the nearly two-month-old camp.

Source: Michael Martinez for CNN.

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  • CBec

    God damn hippies