Police Seize Gun, Sword From Occupy Portland Protesters
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Port of Portland shut down two of its four terminals on Monday after police arrested two people and seized weapons in the hours before a demonstration by the Anti-Wall Street movement.
Security concerns were raised when police found the suspects in camouflage clothing with a gun, sword and walkie-talkies who said they were doing reconnaissance.
Port officials erected fences and told workers to stay home, port spokesman Josh Thomas said.
Kari Koch, a spokeswoman for Occupy Portland, said the two people taken into custody were not part the demonstration.
“We do not send out folks with guns,” Koch said.
A couple of hundred protesters blocked semi-trailers from making deliveries at two major terminals, one that handles grain and potash exports and the other for container imports and exports.
Businesses that lease space from the port at two other terminals were conducting limited operations.
The decision to shut down the two terminals was relayed to about 200 workers from the longshoremen’s union, which said it sympathized with the goals of the Occupy movement but disagreed with shutting down operations that would deprive its members of pay.
Police did not immediately identify the two suspects or say what charges they might face.
Officers making a traffic stop found the gun with ammunition clips and other items in a car carrying two men who said they were an advance team for the demonstration, police Lt. Robert King said. A 26-year-old man was driving with a suspended license, and a 27-year-old passenger was wanted for a parole violation, he said.
Koch also disavowed a man who police said was driving a stolen vehicle to the demonstration.
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