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Police Order Campers Out of Downtown Portland Parks

PORTLAND, Ore. — Just after 5:00am on Thursday morning, police ordered everyone occupying Chapman and Lownsdale Square Parks to leave after the Portland Bureau of Parks and Recreation closed the parks.

Officers gave a 10 minute warning and announced shortly thereafter that the parks were cleared.  Nine people between the ages of 18 and 36 were arrested.

The sidewalks surrounding the parks are also off limits.  Anyone who violates orders are subject to arrest and use of force.

Items including shields and fireworks were removed.

Police say the parks remain closed indefinitely for needed repairs to the lawns, bathrooms, benches and public art.

The fountain between the parks on Southwest Main Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues was set on fire.

Campers had occupied the parks for about 24 hours.

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