Monday, October 31, 2011

Are they calling Michael Moore a Zombie? An Occupy Portland Grab-bag

Ray Whitehouse, The Oregonian

Occupy Portland expands to Terry Schrunk Plaza |
Four tents associated with Occupy Portland went up overnight at Terry Schrunk Plaza, a federal park in downtown Portland.

The campers moved about 3 a.m. to the plaza, which is across from Portland City Hall. Derek Moilanen, 26, said he and the other campers plan to apply for a permit to remain at the park.

Federal authorities have not responded to an email from The Oregonian about the encampment.

Moilanen said he and the other campers agree with Occupy Portland's message but they were growing disenchanted with conditions at the encampments at Chapman and Lownsdale squares.

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Michael Moore expected to visit Occupy Portland on Monday |
Occupy Portland volunteers expect a visit Monday afternoon from filmmaker Michael Moore.

Volunteers also say demonstrators following a Halloween-inspired zombie theme will march from Lownsdown Square to a Bank of America to protest the bank’s coal interests.

Portland police arrest 25 Occupy Portland demonstrators overnight |
After the park's closure at midnight, a group of demonstrators remained, facing off with police. Officers used night sticks and horses, shoving people to the south end of the park. A circle of protesters remained seated in the center of the square wearing bandannas over their mouths and making peace signs with their hands. The crowd on the edges of the park, meanwhile, grew increasingly agitated, yelling at police: "Whose park? Our park," and "You guys are bullies!" 

Demonstrators were arrested on accusations of trespassing, interfering with a police officer and disorderly conduct for the noise complaints from neighbors. 

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