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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Midnight Occupy Portland Eviction Deadline Passes With Cheers from Thousands, No Immediate Arrests

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Sun, Nov 13, 2011 at 12:29 AM

MIDNIGHT! Better than a Dick Clark countdown.
The looming midnight eviction deadline came and went for Occupy Portland tonight with a shout. More like 2,000 shouts, emanating from the massive crowd that has assembled—vuvuzelas and all—in the two downtown parks and Main Street.

While several dozen police wait on SW 3rd Avenue, no immediate attempt was made to move the crowd or make arrests. If police and Mayor Sam Adams still decide to make their move tonight, it's likely they'll wait until the early morning when the energy has died down. For now, the scene feels like New Year's, with thousands dancing and chanting.

"Someone is advertising free caviar, free coffee, free kisses," reports the Mercury's Georgia Perry.

Oakland gets a crackdown, Portland gets a party. Classic.

Amid the festivities, a group of clergy and legal observers are still holding a candlelight vigil in a corner of the park, hoping the night remains nonviolent.

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