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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Occupy Portland Upbeat About Arrests

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Sun, Oct 30, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Twelve hours after this morning's 27 arrests at Occupy Portland in the Pearl District, organizers are upbeat about how the civil disobedience went down.

"We feel like we made an important point," says Occupy Portland media liaison Jordan LeDoux. "Your first amendment rights don't end at a park block and they don't end at midnight. How silly it is that we have police wandering around arresting people who are peacefully protesting when we have Wall Street bankers who have committed crimes still wandering around?" LeDoux says Occupiers agree for the most part that the arrests were peaceful and not overly rough.

Mayor Sam Adams seems pleased with how the arrests occurred as well. He tweeted a defense of the actions this morning:


KATU's broadcast this morning had some good video of the arrests, another video on YouTube captures the raucous atmosphere of the night.

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