The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday returned to the chamber after more than a week off — and protesters did as well.
Tuesday’s meeting was delayed by more than hour as a couple of dozen protesters attempted to disrupt the meeting, chanting and shouting to demand that Councilmen Kevin de LeÃ³n and Gil Cedillo resign before the city conducts its business.
Neither de LeÃ³n nor Cedillo — who remain in office despite widespread calls to step down over their roles in the City Hall racism scandal — was present Tuesday.
The council will be off the rest of the week for Thanksgiving break. De LeÃ³n has continued to resist pressure to resign, while Cedillo leaves office in a few weeks.
Council President Paul Krekorian almost immediately ejected protesters as they began chanting at the start of the meeting. But after protesters continued to linger and chant, Krekorian ordered the chamber cleared and a 20-minute recess.
“The City Council cannot proceed to do the important work that’s on our agenda — including the passage of the Fair Work Week ordinance — because a few people are standing up and selfishly trying to disrupt this meeting,” Krekorian shouted from the dais.
Police in riot gear then entered the chamber and issued a dispersal order. Protesters left the chamber around 25 minutes later, chanting, “We’ll be back.”
“I don’t know why they’re out in riot gear,” Melina Abdullah, head of the Black Lives Matter Los Angeles chapter and professor at Cal State L.A., said on an Instagram live stream by BLM Los Angeles.
“We haven’t violated any rules. We have not been ejected. We are here to let City Council know why we’re here and that there will be no meetings until Kevin de LeÃ³n resigns from the City Council.”