I am sensing a disconnect between the news coverage and the reality of the situation in the camps. But I haven't been there, so I do not know for sure.
Protesters tell FOX 12 that some demonstrators are gearing up for a fight.
A skirmish erupted this afternoon when officers went into the Occupy Portland camp to remove plywood and concrete, police say.
I suppose anyone planning violence is still a part of the 99%. But they are not a part of the occupation movement.
One thing that I have been concerned about with this movement since day one is it being used by other groups or individuals as an excuse or an opportunity for violence. So far, these occurances accross the country seem to be limited, though, and relatively contained.
However, any time something does happen, as in Oakland (Occupy Oakland: Tear Gas, Spray Paint, & Fireworks), the mainstream media has a very hard time telling the difference between the occupation movement itself and the outside extremists. Another critical issue is that the actions of the few extremists can often be the catalyst for disproportionate police action, which can trigger a very nasty cycle of violence.
Both of these things happened in Seattle during the WTO/N30 protests, and I fear seeing this happen with the occupation movement.
Timeline of police confrontations involving Occupy Portland:
For the most part, police and Occupy Portland protesters have co-existed without incident, but there have been several confrontations.