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Occupy L.A. Live

Contractors claim AEG has not paid them for their work.

The occupy movement has moved to L.A. Live.

The Young Black Contractors Association of South Central marched in front of L.A. Live claiming Anschutz Entertainment Group owes them $4 million.

"Working without payment is slavery. AEG, free us, pay black people what you owe them," said Drexell Johnson, a member of the association.

AEG hired Thor Construction Company to do work in the L.A. Live area. The construction company contracted out with 15 other small companies to do the work. Although the work has been done for six months, the small companies say they haven't received payment and are facing the risk of going out of business.

"I'm always waiting for payment," said contractor Phillip Gray. And that kills a small black contracting company. We can't feed our families with that."

Although AEG is not releasing a statement, AEG's Vice President of Communications Michael Roth told ATVN the group has a history of learning about disputes, showing up and causing problems. He also added that AEG is not involved.

"You are the owner, so you need to take responsibility for what goes on on this project," Johnson said. "AEG wants to hide behind some door. Come on out! Be business men! Come on down and pay your bills!"

Protestors say they will be back Friday until their demands are met.


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