PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS Seattle/AP) — Occupy Portland vowed to “shut down major, corporate banks” Thursday as police arrest dozens of protesters.
At least seven people were arrested at a downtown Portland Wells Fargo office.
Portland police said in a statement that another 25 protesters were arrested at the Steel Bridge for disorderly conduct after blocking the bridge earlier this morning.
After the riverfront rally, a crowd numbering in the hundreds streamed downtown. At the banks, protesters called for a moratorium in Multnomah County on mortgage foreclosures.
“Refusing to enforce home foreclosures is one concrete way that we can reclaim power from the big banks and meet the needs of the people,” organizer David Osborn said on the Occupy Portland website. “Our movement will continue to grow and evolve as we reclaim our economy and recreate our democracy.”
The protest promoted by labor groups brought in many who had not been part of the encampment in downtown Portland that the city broke up last weekend. Some praised the peaceful arrests.
“We’re learning how to do this better,” said Mac McKinlay, a retired landscaper and teacher.
Jinnet Powel, a Portland StateUniversitystudent who called herself “a middle-of-the-road gal,” said she was attracted by a notice from a labor group.
Nearly 200 people have been arrested Thursday in New York City during the Occupy Wall Street protests.
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