30 Hardcore Portland OWS Protesters Arrested
Hundreds More Chickened Out!
By Dell Hill
about 10 PM Eastern time Saturday night I received a tip that the OWS
protesters in Portland, Oregon were prepared to turn a fairly
non-violent event into a “show” when the Jamison Square was closed to
the public at midnight. The plan was to “resist at all costs and there
will be thousands resisting”. As it turned out, only a fraction of the
hardcore protesters actually resisted, and they were the ones putting on
the “show”, not the Portland Police Department.
watched the entire proceedings on streaming video, supplied by the
protesters, until 5 AM Eastern and I can tell you from personal
experience that if the protesters had designs on escalating this event
to entice violence, they failed miserably. One only had to monitor the
chat room dialogue directly associated with the streaming video to see
that there was tremendous encouragement toward violence, but the big
talkers who gave long-winded, babbling speeches prior to the curfew
melted into the night as soon as the Portland PD mounted patrol calmly
moved in to arrest those who refused to abide by the law.
Here’s a sugar-coated story posted online today from KATU TV - the television station that supplied the feed for the streaming video.
Ore. (AP) — Police arrested about 30 anti-Wall Street protesters in
Portland early Sunday, dragging and carrying them to waiting vans, after
they refused to leave a park in an affluent district.
arrests came after protesters from the Occupy Portland movement marched
to the Pearl District, with some saying they viewed its residents as
part of the wealthy demographic they're protesting.
Hundreds gathered in Jamison Square Saturday evening to defy a midnight curfew to vacate.
police moved in around 2 a.m. most of the protesters backed off, but a
core group of 27 to 30 people sat in a circle in the park and awaited
Associated Press photographer said most of the protesters went limp and
police carried or dragged them away. There was no violence during the
arrests, which took about 90 minutes.
protesters — all appearing to be in their 20s and 30s with many were
wearing Halloween-style face paint — were handcuffed before they were
place in police vans and driven off.
"We are the 99 percent," one arrestee continued to chant.
The crowd of supporters thinned out around 3:30 a.m. as the last arrests were made.
said they arrested more than two dozen people on charges that included
criminal trespassing, interfering with a police officer, and disorderly
showdown came in the shadow of high-rise condos in the middle of the
Pearl District, with some residents watching the events from their
a meeting earlier in the evening, about 30 Occupy Portland protesters
decided they would intentionally violate the curfew and face arrest.
after midnight police on horseback, on bicycles and on foot who had
been at the perimeter of the park began moving closer to the group of
demonstrators who had decided to risk arrest were seated on the ground.
They were encircled by other protesters who walked around them chanting
"Whose Park? Our Park!" and "Make No Arrests."
Police eventually pushed the supporters of those being arrested to the park perimeter.
afternoon, dozens of protesters marched through downtown, across the
Willamette River and back, some of them carrying sleeping bags, saying
they planned to camp out in the Pearl District park.
protesters said they want to camp in the Pearl District because they
view its residents as part of the wealthy demographic they're
have allowed the demonstrators to remain in the adjacent Chapman and
Lownsdale parks since Oct. 6 despite policies outlawing camping. The
parks are surrounded by office buildings, mostly for the government.
Mayor Sam Adams said last week he would not allow the demonstrators to
take over any more parks. In a letter to demonstrators, Commissioner
Randy Leonard said it would be inappropriate to expand the demonstration
into a neighborhood park.
— the entire city council — are your friends ... at present," Leonard
wrote. "However, our friendship and support are now being unreasonably
tested by the decision to occupy Jamison Square."
Here’s a video from KTVU TV News as a follow-up this morning.
report comes off as almost a disappointment that the Portland Police
Department refused to be suckered in to a violent confrontation, while
at the same time using excellent tactics to enforce the law.
That’s a good night’s sleep I’ll never get back. Pffffffffft.