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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti faced a series of protesters and was forced to exit while attempting to deliver a speech Monday at the University of Southern California, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Garcetti was scheduled to deliver the keynote speech at an event to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but after about a minute into the speech, protesters railed against his handling of homelessness and Los Angeles Police Department's use of force, the report said.


The Los Angeles Community Action Network and the Los Angeles chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America organized the demonstration, the paper reported.

Steve Diaz, an organizer with Los Angeles Community Action Network, told The Times that his group wants housing for the homeless to be built faster, and for the city to stop the police sweeps of homeless camps.

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One demonstrator stood up and accused the city of trashing the belongings of the homeless during tent sweeps, the paper reported. Another protester shouted that Los Angeles is a city "where real estate interests displace entire communities of color," according to The Times.
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