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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Take It Back: #OccupyPortland On Day 79 #OWS

"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever." - 1984 (image from @Jason_Darnell)

[Update: Live Blog for #Occupy Movement: Occupy DC Police Raid, Arrests Made of People in Structure]

Portland Mercury BlogtownPDX (h/t Gosztola @ FDL):
From Sarah Mirk on Sat, Dec 3, 2011
The march is now reportedly wandering around Old Town. The crowd is over 300 people strong, which is large enough to block traffic and garner alternate solidarity fists/"Fuck You!"s from the bros hitting the bars downtown.

It's a bit of a cat and mouse game, with police seemingly trying to guess the direction of the march and block it off, but overall taking a hands-off approach to the protest at this moment. There appear to be few or no riot police directly around the march. There is, of course, at least one person on stilts...


After marching around Old Town, the protesters suddenly got coordinated and started running full speed BACK to the South Park Blocks, from which they were evicted just over two hours ago. The protesters arrived in the park and immediately established a Michael Jackson dance party at the scene. There's about 600-800 people at the protest currently, with only about five police officers in sight, according to News Editor Denis Theriault. There's definitely more people in the park now than there were pre-eviction...

Another strange turn of events: For about half an hour, the re-occupiers danced in the South Park Blocks, chanting and basically waiting to see what the police would do. The police did exactly what you'd expect: Amassed a large number of riot police near the park and appeared ready to move in to clear the park.

Over the police scanner, an officer said, "Is there anybody who's not in position?" Then the order was given to "roll"... swiftly followed by an order to hold off. Then, at about 11:50, a voice over the scanner said, "All units return to Central, where we'll write reports & hopefully have pizza. I'll explain when I get there." The order was repeated: "I want every officer who was out here tonight to return to Central and write reports..."
From Denis C. Theriault on Sun, Dec 4, 2011
At about 2:20 AM, some 75 or so people are still here at Shemanski Square, eating pizza after the Portland Police Bureau abruptly called off an imminent raid more than two hours ago for a pizza party of their own. The police, meanwhile, have sent out their summation of the night, reporting some 19 arrests—including one occupier who carried a Christmas tree onto the roof of city hall.

There is talk on the ground of still holding the park for two weeks as planned, and a couple of tents have gone back up, with people sleeping in them ("mic check if the police come," said one fellow). But I wonder if the cops are waiting, just like on the day of the Chapman and Lownsdale eviction, to move in when the numbers fall and the feeling of a victory fades a bit.

More importantly, there's talk of what came off by all accounts as a swifter and far more aggressive approach by the tactical officers who showed up to clear the park half an hour before its scheduled 9 PM closing. Another photo, just like the iconic shot of the woman pepper-sprayed in the face on ovember 17, has gone national—this time, it's the Oregonian's picture of a bloodied 15 year old boy. And rumors also spread of a 7-year-old boy being handled roughly by police. Police, in fact, in their release, addressed those claims by denying that any kids had contact with police, despite reports from a handful of witnesses. Occupiers also shot photos of a man, reportedly with broken ribs, being worked on in an ambulance...
From Wm.™ Steven Humphrey on Sun, Dec 4
The Portland Alliance sent out a press release this morning announcing a rally/march planned for 10 am (WHEN DO YOU GUYS SLEEP??)...

...Protesters plan to meet up at the waterfront on SW Salmon and SW Naito Parkway at 10 am, at which time they'll make announcements, hold an open forum, and at 11 am, begin their march downtown. More updates when we have them!
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