Occupy Wall Street arrests & evictions: Albany, Denver, St. Louis, San Diego, Portland, and… Oakland?
Here’s the rundown for the day, as we wait to see what will happen in Portland at midnight:
Portland, OR:Mayor Sam Adams had been an on-again, off-again friend to the Occupation, but he’s issued an ultimatum: Out of the park by midnight or face arrests. No action is expected until after 2 am, when police hope supporters will have tired and gone home.
Update Noon PST: Police told the protesters they had three more days before eviction, and the crowd dispersed. When it was down to just a couple of dozen, police moved in and started busting up the camp. The action continues: New liveblog here.
Update 6:30 PST: Cheers, as Police are leaving. Occupy Portland abides! “There goes the Clackamas County Sherrif!” “We showed that non-violence can work!” “I’m so proud of everybody”.
Occupiers begin to dismantle the barricades.
Update 6:00 PST: Lt. King is at the intersection, asking people to clear the streets and move INTO the parks.
Update 5:30 PST: Lights have gone out. There were bright floodlights brought in by Mayor Sam Adams all night; now they’re off.
Update 5:20 PST: Some Occupiers are building barricades on Main Street, harkening back to the first days when the Occupation actually blocked off the street for several days. That was a recipe for confrontation… so is this.
Update 5:00 PST: There’s been cat and mouse stuff with barricades going up, and a few more projectiles going toward the police from the crowd. But the overall tone has been peaceful overnight.
The parks will NOT be reopening at 5:00 am. Word is that police still intend to clear the parks this morning, but the Occupation intends to stay for the long haul. So there will be a confrontation – the only question is when.
Update 4:05 PST: Confirmation that Cameron Matta was arrested for throwing the projectile at the police (although conflicting reports on what it was: flare, firecracker, bottle). Also, Matta was pushed toward police by Occupiers so he could be arrested.
Update 3:00 PST: Looks like a waiting game. Occupiers I’ve spoken to expect the police to wait until the crowd disperses a little. Maybe more toward dawn.
Update 2:15 PST: Officer injured in leg by flare is loaded into ambulence.
Update 2:05 PST: Police are backing off. Crowd is singing.
Update 2:05 PST: Streets are still shut down. Clogged with Occupiers and police.
Update 2:05 PST: Occupiers cheered as police led away the one arrested. Agitator? Maybe idiot that threw the flair and injured the officer?
Update 1:55 PST: Police say an officer was injured by a flare thown from the crowd.
Update 1:50 PST: Police on horses taking street, dividing the Occupations in the two parks.
Update 1:48 PST: Nadia says police have made first arrest.
Update 1:45 PST: More police moving toward 3rd in riot gear. They are putting helmets on.
Update 1:35 PST: Occupiers had been moving into the street at 3rd and Main; police line is now pushing them back.
Update 1:35 PST: Occupiers say “We’re holding roses, not rocks!”
Update 1:30 PST:
@ahockley tweets: Chief Reese is on the front lines, just watched him direct traffic for a while. AM 860’s Mark Provo reports “Wall to wall spectators is some areas have gone home”, but this does NOT appear to be true from other sources. Our reporter says there are a couple thousand.
KPTV reports: Portland Police Chief Mike Reese says police will move in when they decide it’s safe to do so, but wouldn’t elaborate on a more precise plan.
“We would like folks to continue packing up and leaving the park,” Reese says.
There was little urgency from the police bureau to boot protesters out of the area.
“This is not a serious or violent crime. This is a low-level misdemeanor,” said Lt. Robert King. “We’re not moving in at this time. We’re not taking hostile and provocative action.”
Update 1:20 PST: Our reporter on the scene, li’l nadia, says about 200 bicycle police have just showed up. But there are still too many Occupiers and supporters for them to start making arrests. She also says that contrary to earlier reports, there are still a LOT of tents up.
Update 12:49 PST: “They’re too big to fail? We’re too big to jail!”
Update 12:49 PST: They are singing:
These streets are our streets, these streets are your streets
From Occupy Portland to Occupy Wall Street
From Occupy Oakland to Occupy Boston
These streets are made for you and me!
Tonight they staged an Occu-Fest to attract supporters to the site. It worked – as of midnight there were thousands of supporters surrounding the square.
Most of the Portland Occupation has already dismantled [note – we’ve since learned that in fact there ARE still a lot of tents set up], and they’ve discussed potential alternatives, including having an indoor base for the winter. But a small group have said they will face arrest rather than move.
Earlier, a group of “outside agitators” was found to be stockpiling rocks for the confrontation; they were turned over to Portland Police by the Occupiers.