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Los Angeles protesters demand rent cancellation amid virus

Posted at 7:24 PM, Aug 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-02 22:24:03-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demonstrators who gathered again Sunday outside the home of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti are calling on the city to cancel rents for people finding it hard to make ends meet as the coronavirus pandemic ravages California’s economy.

Tenant rights activists statewide have for weeks urged leaders to take additional action to prevent Californians from losing their apartments and falling into homelessness.

Since March, the pandemic has caused millions in the state to lose their jobs. The state has tallied more than a half-million confirmed virus cases.