Copaganda News on Occupy Portland

From Anonaminita.

Letting corporate media explain their side of Occupy Portland, just this one time, and we’ll give them some lifelines to call on some of their fascist friends for help…

 

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Police say Portland protesters arming for fight. From Reuters. Nov 11.

PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) – Portland police warned on Friday that anti-Wall Street protesters in the city were fashioning makeshift weapons with wood and nails, in advance of a planned move by authorities to clear their two encampments over the weekend.

The statement from Portland police came a day after Portland Mayor Sam Adams, citing sanitation and safety concerns, gave demonstrators until 12:01 a.m. on Sunday to clear out their tents.

Demonstrators said this week they number between 500 and 800, and police confirmed the group numbers in the hundreds.

Police said the Occupy Portland demonstration, which has seen protesters camp out in two downtown parks, has been peaceful since it began over one month ago.

“We are committed to it remaining peaceful but very concerned about information that people are massing for and preparing for a confrontation,” police said in a statement.

Details on possible plans for violence within the camps come from people inside the encampments who are concerned, Portland police Sergeant Pete Simpson said.

There are reports weapons are being made with wood and nails, that a hole is being dug in one of the parks and that pallets are being turned into shields, said police.

There are also concerns that demonstrators could climb trees during an eviction. “Removing people from trees presents unique challenges,” Simpson said.

In reaction to the police warning, activists involved with Occupy Portland put out their own statement denying any plans for violence.

“The Portland Police have been engaging for the last several weeks in a campaign to defame and confuse the message of our movement by attributing the actions and statements of individuals to the movement as a whole, and they continue to do so,” the activists’ statement said.

Occupy Portland activist Adriane, who declined to give her last name, also disputed the information from police.

“I don’t know anyone that is going to engage in violent behavior,” she said.

But protesters are preparing for the possibility of being tear gassed by police and obtaining gas masks, she said.

Aside from the two downtown parks, the protest has also spilled over to a plaza owned by the federal government, and that camp will be included in the law enforcement action to clear out the encampments, Mayor Adams said this week.

Occupy Portland has emerged as one of several West Coast hubs of a nationwide campaign launched in September against what demonstrators describe as economic inequality, corporate excesses, high unemployment and bailouts of major banks.

The plan by Portland officials to close down the city’s two protest camps is the latest by a major U.S. city aimed at closing similar sites that have sprung up across the country.

Clashes with police already have erupted in some other cities that have tried to remove camps of anti-Wall Street demonstrators, notably in Oakland, California, across the bay from San Francisco.

Occupy Portland activists are planning a “family-friendly” potluck dinner and march on Saturday at 5 p.m.

“We need to spread calm and remain peaceful,” Adriane said.


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Chief orders police to have gas mask, baton, helmets ready. From KATU News. Nov 6.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Citing the tone of Wednesday’s march that “seemed to change from previous events,” Portland Police Chief Mike Reese ordered police officers to wear different uniforms and have gas masks, batons and helmets readily available starting Friday.

The order came on the heels of Wednesday’s march by members of Occupy Portland who marched through the city and didn’t advise police of their route.

In a letter to Portland Police Bureau officers, Reese addressed his appreciation for members of the force and stated that officers should upgrade their uniforms, and the items they carry, for this “prolonged event.”

“I want everybody to be fully equipped in uniform to go at a moment’s notice,” he said Friday. “We are also reaching out to other police departments to let them know we might need their help in a moment’s notice” he added.

Reese said the bureau did meet with Occupy Portland on Friday to discuss where police are coming from.

“I explained to them that it really challenges us when they have an unplanned event that doesn’t appear to have a clear direction or a clear focus,” he said.

When asked if police are preparing for a showdown with Occupy protesters, the chief said no.

“We really had good dialogue and communication (today) and I want that to continue,” he said. “We’re trying to lay the framework for the folks who haven’t worked this to realize that as a city and a police department we have been professional in how we have approached this.”

Reese also talked about some of the struggles of the Occupy movement.

“There is really a dialogue going on between both sides and we’re really trying to balance a difficult movement,” he said. “And they’ve struggled with the same things we’ve struggled with – homelessness, mental health and addiction.”

Read the police memo here.

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Protesters Intigating Police. From AntiOccupyPortland. Nov 11.

From Portland Mercury:

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Protester with a Crazy Interview. From Conservative Beltway:


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(KGB News with the story at 3:10)


Dude goes nuts after learning about Occupy Portland eviction. From LaughingAtLiberals:

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