Arrests Made in South Park Blocks Occupation
December 4, 2011, 12:26 am
Protesters in Portland started Saturday off with a rally at the Salmon Street Fountains. From there they marched the city, before trying to set up an encampment in the South Park Blocks on S.W. Salmon St. Occupiers had made their intentions known. Mayor Sam Adams said he would not allow another park to be occupied, saying "We simply cannot afford another encampment in our city."
After some protesters started engaging police, they were forced to close the park early at 8:30 PM (the park usually closes at 9:00 PM). "That ramps our concern up," said Portland Police Sergeant Pete Simpson. "If our police officers can't ride a bike, or walk through a city park, then really it's not safe for anyone. We are not going to allow that to continue."
Police made approximately 20 arrests during the night. Most people were cited and released. Portland Parks and Recreation spokesman Mark Ross said that there were several items left at the park, including a laptop and some clothes. Those items can be claimed by their owners by calling (503) 823-1600.
After clearing the park, Protesters took to the streets. First marching to City Hall, before making their way to Old Town. They then marched down Broadway and back to the South Park Blocks.
Simpson has said that overnight camping will not be allowed. He went on to say that more arrests will be made, if necessary.