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article image19 arrests made at Occupy Portland as flag is hung upside Down

By Nancy Houser     Dec 5, 2011 in Politics
Portland - "This is a peaceful protest! We have the right to assemble!" demonstrators chanted late Saturday night. It was after park hours at Shemanski Park, yet a couple hundred protesters still remained to confront the clean-up crew in open hostility.
According to the Portland Parks & Recreation, "park employees and park rangers were confronted by protesters and unable to complete their jobs." (CNN)
But Occupy Portland said otherwise, the typical "he said, she said" scenario with two sides of the same situation. "I was pushed down by a police officer while walking away from them," Ledoux said. "They were not kind."
One incident may have lead to another, but it would cause 19 arrests to be made. Once the park was closed, the protesters slowly filtered out of South Park Blocks and sauntered to City Hall, then onto the streets. Meanwhile, police officials were warning them on loudspeakers that the parks had been closed and all of the wandering protesters would be arrested. Still, many would return to South Park Blocks.
Of the arrests made of the Occupy Portland protesters, Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sergeant Pete Simpson said that they were mainly for interfering with police officers and criminal trespass.
According to a remark made by one of the protestors on YouTube,
... a young man takes the megaphone and says that of the FOUR TIMES they've taken a park without permission, FOUR TIMES the Police have successfully kicked them out; he says, "If that happens a fifth time, I am going to be extremely embarassed." Once again Occupy Portland is disrespecting the American flag by flying it upside down.
Portland's Mayor Sam Adams tweeted Sunday that the incident was a "low point" in the Occupy Wall Street movement. " (Biz Journal)
On Friday, Adams said if Occupy Portland protesters encamp in another park, Portland police have orders to enforce city rules “in a peaceful manner.” The edict came after Occupy Portland leaders told the city it would move into a public space on Dec. 3.
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