The protesters who rolled into town on a chartered bus Wednesday were united by a single cause: chalk.
They had come to show their support for Occupy Los Angeles, which last month clashed with police at downtown's Art Walk for chalking political slogans on the streets. That melee, which left four officers injured and 17 people in handcuffs, catapulted the foundering protest movement back into the spotlight and spawned sympathetic demonstrations across the nation.
Thursday marks the first Art Walk since the incident, and it is shaping up to be an eventful night for the Occupiers.
Along with the visiting demonstrators, from Oakland, who are planning chalk murals, leftist activist Cindy Sheehan is scheduled to visit their group. Members of Code Pink, an antiwar group, say they will be there to show their support, pink chalk in hand. Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Horace Frank, of the Central Division, says his officers plan to enforce the law if they see it being broken.