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Occupy Portland Under Attack: Police Evict Protesters

Occupy Portland Under Attack: Police Evict Protesters

On Saturday night, Portland Mayor Sam Adams ordered Occupy Portland participants to relinquish their park encampment due to complaints that the makeshift city provided a haven for criminals and drug addicts.

The presence of homeless and drug-dependent individuals at occupations around the country has been cause for alarm for many who think they should be excluded. But for many of these downtrodden individuals, their local occupation represents the first chance for a free hot meal and relatively safe shelter they’ve had in a long time.

Determined to exercise their First Amendment rights and stand-up for their all-inclusive practices, members of Occupy Portland stayed up into the wee hours of the morning discussing how to handle the impending interactions with Portland Police.

Reinforcements flooded into the park Sunday morning, hoping to impede the eviction order with their sheer numbers alone. At one point overnight, the crowd swelled to thousands. Protesters conceded ground slowly but peacefully as police officers in riot gear enforced the eviction notice. By dawn, only a small percentage of the original camp held their ground.

“The camp is a shadow of what it was before Saturday,” reports Christian Science Monitor. “A large segment of the campers consisted of homeless people who had been drawn to the free food and shelter offered by Occupy Portland. They are gone, after outreach workers went through the camp to help them find shelter elsewhere. And as the Saturday midnight eviction deadline neared, protesters themselves began dismantling tents.

“Around 4 a.m., dozens of police formed a line across from demonstrators who had poured into the street. Protesters facing them appeared to be in festive spirits with some banging on drums and plastic pails, another clanging a cowbell while others danced in the streets as a man juggled nearby.”

By 9:30 am most of the protesters had complied with police orders to clear the street, and some even began dismantling tents themselves.

Mayor Adams claims he is “putting his foot down” regarding Occupy Portland but that enforcing the order will take some time. The Occupy Portland website gives no indication that participants feel that their demonstration has been extinguished. A blog post dated November 12th announces plans for the Occupiers to apply for a position on the City Council.

“Bring all of your grievances and tell them how you can do better,” reads the post. “If anyone gets hired, we’ll be creating jobs in the community.”

Redgreenandblue reports that the up to 50 organizers physically remaining in the park were actively discussing the decision to move to Pioneer Square for a GA (and a peaceful solution to the standoff).

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9:50PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Spread the protest.

Corporations have over-powered our government which now believes that out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs is inevitable and necessary with expectations that the middle class should fall on their swords. It is the underlying cause of the financial collapse and borders on national security with the loss of our middle class tax base. Yet, this nation does nothing, not even demand it be restricted by whatever method. International businesses are doing the UN-AMERICAN activity of destroying U.S. salaries, U.S. businesses that hire in the U.S., and as an end result, destroying the U.S. marketplace while still demanding BUSINESS ENTITLEMENTS and protections for themselves.

Infrastructure spending and tax breaks will not replace enough jobs to keep up with the hemorrhaging loss of U.S. jobs from out-sourcing over seas. Neither party will do anything about it unless we begin grass roots efforts to protest out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs. If nothing is done we will deserve what we get and it will get a lot worse before it gets better.

5:36PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

SO MANY OF YOU HAVE MADE GOOD POINTS IN YOUR POSTS. THERE ARE PETITIONS NOT JUST HERE BUT ON MANY OTHER SITES THEY ALL BEG FOR YOUR INPUT. THIS IS ANOTHER WAY TO GET THINGS GOING THE RIGHT WAY. THE FOUNDING FATHERS WOULD HAVE BEEN TRIED FOR TREASON AND KILLED FOR EXPRESSING THEIR FEELINGS TOWARD THE BRITISH EMPIRE BUT THEY CONTINUED THE FIGHT. NOW THEY ARE REACHING OUT TO YOU TO CARRY THE FIGHT FOR HUMANITY'S RIGHT TO BE TRUELY FREE WITH A GOVERNMENT THAT WILL REPRESENT NOT DICTATE POLICY. THESE ARE THE PRICIPLES THAT CREATED THIS COUNTRY AND IT'S YOUR DUTY TO NOT LET IT DIE IN VAIN. EVERY SOLDIER WHO FOUGHT OVERSEAS THESE PAST FEW YEARS HOPE THAT YOU WILL DO YOUR PART TO HELP PROTECT THEIR LIBERTY. THIS IS NO JOKE BUT A REAL BELIEF FOR ALL CITIZENS. WE HAVE A JOB TO DO, AND EVERY POLITIAN ,CEO , BETTER GET WITH THE PROGRAM.

4:58PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

The inevitable evolutionary result is for an enlightened society to take care of all of it's members. The status quo that the elite upholds is for us to stay in the stone ages of humanity. Every evolutionary aspect of mankind is being held hostage by the elite class. They fear change because they also fear losing their stranglehold of power, and control over everyone, and everything. They believe that humanity is too stupid to take good care of itself, and that any other way will result in anarchy. What they fail to see is that they are holding back the natural tendency of societal evolution, and that they are responsible for the current perception of anarchy. These supposed anarchists just want to push for the natural evolution of mankind that has been held back for thousands of years by the ignorant elite. If the least among us is better off, then logically, the best among us is also better off.

4:54PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Hunter, you cannot blame a mass of peaceful protestors for the actions of a small handful of thugs. Those thugs do not speak for the movement, they are egocentric, and act alone.
also, bear in mind that you too might "get out of hand" if you were unarmed, and standing somewhere, wnd found yourself shouted at, hit with batons, tazered, pepper sprayed, and having police in full riot gear pinting weapons at you. Cannisters of tear gas, flashbangs, have you seen the wounds from the rubber bullets?? The man, scott olsen, a VETRAN knocked into a coma...all these peopel are UNARMED.
Do we need to treat them like this?

4:39PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Beth B. very good comment. I agree 100% that the so-called "bad element" is a direct reflection of how unhealthy, and out of balance society is overall.

4:38PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Does anyone here actually live in Portland?? Have you witnessed what is going on here? Probably not. The protest is getting out of control and the police backed down to prevent the attack from getting violent. I live across the river, and you can protest AS LONG AS YOU'RE NOT BREAKING THE LAW which these people have been doing.

3:31PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

I thought we were allowed to protest in this country?

This is what I served in the military for? So the PTB's can continue to enslave the rest of us? So we can do without health care while the legslators who are supposed to be supporting us kiss the butts of the Rich and powerful????

NO MORE!!!!!!! Everyone one of us who can't be in the protests need to send money (no matter how small) to support the protests!! Where can I send clothing and such? I don't have much but we must support these brave groups.

3:12PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

wow on the person that posted that long message o.o

11:31AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Continued from Below:

No more lies, No more Wars w/o end, Wars designed to ingratiate the 1% and rob you and your family, and turn the nations of the world against us.

Please, do not view the 99% as a group of hippies, druggies, dropouts, at the end of the day the 99% is YOU. The only difference between us is that they could no longer sit on the sidelines, they simply came to realize that their consciences demanded that they act, and not just complain.

11:30AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

We currently have homeless persons amongst our Occupy in Tucson, I have not witnessed drugs or alcohol, nor have I witnessed acts of violence, just the opposite, they are asking questions. They want to know why? They are willing to Question Authority. The Question that remains...are you?

Our view is that if we were to remove these persons that are seen by others as objectionable, we would become to like the 1%. Besides, they get hungry, they need shelter and they too, have a desire to realize their voice. They have for too long become marginalized, they are a sign of one of the many problems that plague this nation. They are not invisible, they are simply ignored.

My wife and I work to feed the numbers of people at our Occupy site, after all, "an Army of Change, marches on its stomach."

Each of us must decide whether we want to help others to realize our own voices, all those of the 99%, the used and forgotten segment of American Society. This must change.

Take a moment, make a list of the truly important issues that effect your lives, the lives of your family and friends.

1st Do you want to realize a National Health Care System, one that affords you the same medical care as the 1% receives.

2nd A renewal of American jobs, ones with value, not slavery.

3rd No more taxation w/o representation, that would require that the 1% pay their share.

4nd No more lies, No more Wars w/o end, Wars designed to ingratiate the 1% and rob you and your family, and turn

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