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Obama arrives in L.A. for fund-raisers amid protests

04-22-2011 15:59 BJT

LOS ANGELES, April 21 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived in the city of Los Angeles Thursday afternoon for a trio of fund-raisers in connection with his re-election bid, as several civil rights groups staged protests, demanding the president to honor his pledges over immigration and decrying federal budget cuts and U.S. involvement in Libyan chaos.

The Air Force One landed in the Los Angeles International Airport around 2:30 p.m. local time and the President, in his sixth visit to the city since taking office and his fourth fundraising visit, is slated to deliver remarks at two fund- raisers at Sony Studios and a third at a Brentwood restaurant, with tickets sold in the 250 dollars and 35,800 dollars range.

Obama will begin his visit with a dinner at Sony Studios in Culver City. About 100 people will participate, each will pay 35, 800 dollars for admission. For the participants at the second event in the studio, they will be charged between 250 dollars and 2,500 dollars, depending on the seating. It is reported that actor Jamie Foxx, an Academy Award winner, and about 2,500 people are expected to show up.

The third fund-raiser will be held at the Tavern restaurant, an expansive, social and urban-minded restaurant in the Westside.

A number of people including a group of Armenian Americans have staged protests outside Sony Studios for various political ends. The Armenian Americans demanded Obama honor his pledge he made during his 2008 presidential campaign that recognize the Armenian Genocide and pay a visit to a memorial in Montebello.

During his election bid, Obama said he would formally recognize the Armenian Genocide, in which an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Turks beginning in 1915. Turkey officially denies that a genocide took place.

The Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles wanted the President to honor his pledge over immigration laws, while others protest over other issues.

The Los Angeles trip is part of the President's west coast swing which is mainly aimed at fundraising. He is set to leave on Friday morning.

All proceeds from the events will go to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint account of the Democratic National Committee and Obama for America, his campaign committee.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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