PORTLAND, 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.

The 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.

Dozens of them gathered in Jamison Square Saturday evening to defy a midnight curfew to vacate.

As police moved in around 2 a.m. most of the protesters backed off but a core group of 27-30 sat in a circle in the park and awaited arrest.

An 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.

The 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.

Police said they arrested more than two dozen people on charges that included criminal trespassing, interfering with a police officer, and disorderly conduct.

The showdown came in the shadow of high-rise condos in the middle of the Pearl District, with some residents watching the events from their balconies.

At a meeting earlier in the evening, about 30 Occupy Portland protesters decided they would intentionally violate the curfew and face arrest.

Shortly 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 protesters.

The 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.

Saturday 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.

Some protesters said they want to camp in the Pearl District because they view its residents as part of the wealthy demographic they’re protesting.

Police 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.

But 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.

“We — 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.”

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Comments (17)
  1. lolcatlol says:

    Also worth mentioning is that “Wall Street” had itself a history making month… profit wise! ooops! 🙂

    Another thing: The internet now allows people to exercise freedom of speech anytime they wish. Why are these people allowed to threaten violence and mayhem by their constant presence and social interruptions? That’s not speech! That’s harassment and obstructionism. Not to mention the huge amounts of money they cost the cities! Use the internet for your “speech”, the 60s are long over. There is technology now!

    Send these spoiled kids and “rent-a-mobs” home.

    Next time, before you believe some college (who wants your money), do your own research… It not rocket science to see that 90% of these college degrees aren’t really worth squat in the $marketplace$! It’s not OUR fault you were stupid enough to believe a liberal arts degree was worth more than the paper printed upon. And let’s not forget ethnic and gender studies, the “value” those subjects must hold to society are priceless! *mock*

    I guess science is too hard and thus any degree will do?? lol

    Grow up please, tyvm

    1. Sick to death of the whiners! says:

      I agree! I am sick of these whiners! If they want a better life for themselves and their families then I suggest they cultivate a WORK ETHIC and an AMBITION to earn THEIR OWN INCOME instead of wracking their brains thinking of ways to steal ours!!!!

  2. Travelassie says:

    Self-entitled bunch of twits, aren’t they, these “protestors”?

    Any of them ever heard of working, long and hard, to actually EARN the means for the home in the upscale district, and enough money to live comfortably?

  3. Bob Strasner says:

    Let’s see. We have a bunch of greedy individuals wanting someone else’s money so they can have it for themselves. Does anyone else see the lunacy of this? Isn’t this what they are protesting against? I am not one of the 1 percent, and I don’t want OWS speaking for me. I got my degree, I earn my living, and I sure as hell don’t begrudge those who make a better living than me. Don’t count me in your 99!

    1. patmurphy1965 says:

      I agree. I’m definitely not in the 1%; however, please don’t lump me in with the so call 99%. I’m with the Percent (%) whose core principals include:
      Limited federal government, Individual freedoms, Personal responsibility and self-reliance, Free Markets and Returning political power to the states and the PEOPLE!

  4. Freddy says:

    So now they are going to start harassing individuals based on where they live.

    How long until they start attacking people in their hiomes?

  5. johngalt says:

    If I lived in that area I would get myself armed BIG TIME!

    Here’s the Democrat Party, America, whatda think now?!

  6. Laughing says:

    I wonder if their wealthy Mommy and Daddy bailed them out of prison?

  7. rusty says:

    Have to wonder if they realize that mom and dad have most of their money in the stock market? If a company they bought into doesn’t make any money, their stock goes down. Duh! The purpose of investing in a company is to make some money. So the CEO best make it earn a profit. And not give it away cause some homeless person needs a hand. That is what charity orgaizantions are for.

  8. Gordon Campbell says:

    PLEASE come to my house-Mr Mossburg and Mssrs,Smith and Wesson would love to say hello.

  9. not in the one percent says:

    When I was kid a friend and I built a log bridge over a small creek in the back field of my house.. A few days later we discovered that it had been torn apart. So, we put it back together. Again, later found it torn apart. WHY? It benefited everyone. We all could have dry feet while taking the short cut. But, a few twits wanted to tear down what someone had worked hard to put together….
    Now, I know who did it! But, I still ask, WHY? Just go build your own bridge…. If you try to tear my down, I am older, wiser, and armed….

  10. Raule says:

    There isn’t anything in the US constitution that says a municipality must endure days of protests. As a matter of fact just the opposite is true.

  11. Seattle's Mayor says:

    So far OWS has collected over $500,000, and yet they refuse to share their 5-Star Chef prepared meals with the homeless…

    How about Occupy a Soup Kitchen?
    More OWS stats on my website. http://www.antimsmnews.blogspot.com

  12. Rolco says:

    545 vs 300,000,000 People
    By Charlie Reese
    (Published April 14)

    Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

    Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

    Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

    You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

    You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

    You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

    You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

    You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

    One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

    I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

    I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

    Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

    What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

    The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

    It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

    If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

    If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.

    If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan …

    If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

    There are no insoluble government problems.

    Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

    Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

    They, and they alone, have the power.

    They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

    Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees…

    We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

    Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

  13. Sal says:

    I hope they occupy the People’s Republic of Portland. This leftist city deserves everything it gets. Better yet, let’s send all the Occupy freaks to Portland and San Francisco so they can be deemed heroes by the comrades who live in these People’s paradises.

  14. Jim Kearney says:

    “We are your friends.” !!!??? Is the Portland Govt for real? These are your constituents eh? How about the REAL 99% of your citizens who are tired of these Fleabags sucking up their Tax money to pay for the Cops needed to protect the city? This is what the Democrat party looks like.

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