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May Day in PDX

A blow-by-blow log of May Day events in Portland.

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Up-to-the-minute coverage of the rally and march

8:41 p.m. -- Be-Careful-Walking-Home-Alone-Department, Part 2: Behind Memorial Colliseum, near the off-ramp for the steel bridge, intrepid IMC journalists report 50-60 riot cops, 2 buses, a van, an armored personnel carrier, and 15-20 squad cars. Both Portland Police and State Troopers are in attendance, but they seem to be standing down at this time.

7:51 p.m. -- In the Be-Careful-Walking-Home-Alone-Department, take note of this police presence in the area currently: Two city buses full of armored cops, a van and an armored personnel carrier at Fifth & Columbia. At Fifth & Salmon: two city buses full of armored cops, two vans, and one armored personnel carrier. (Remember -- cops often arrest activists after demonstrations, when they are alone or in small numbers.)

6:51 p.m. -- Peaceful but party-like atmosphere pervading the South Park Blocks at PSU.

6:32 p.m. -- March has reached PSU campus. Rally scheduled for inside will be outside, due to size of crowd. (Room only holds 150.)

6:20 p.m. -- Crowd is going up the hill on Broadway at Clay.

6:13 p.m. -- Members of the crowd who broke away have rejoined main march at the Oregonian on Broadway and Columbia, where Dave Mazza presented the newspaper with a P. U. Litzer. The Oregonian is Portland's main corporate media mouthpiece.

6:09 p.m. -- Infernal Noise Brigade and others decide to split from the rest of the march and detour down a side street. IMC journalists report that business owners started to lock their doors, and Portland Police are herding the group back to Broadway.

6:02 p.m. -- Infernal Noise Brigade is no longer in lead but has not broken from crowd.

5:59 p.m. -- uncomfirmed rumor that part of the crowd has broken away from the main march.

5:58 p.m. -- March has reached Madison at Broadway.

5:42 p.m. -- An eyewitness from the march brings this report to the Portland IMC dispatch center: "The crowd just passed through Pioneer Square. The Max train was stopped for a few minutes, but the cops were subdued. A businessman type was heard to say, 'I guess we're stuck here while these fuckers jerk off.'"

5:41 p.m. -- A speech about workers' rights follows at the Hilton.

5:39 p.m. -- Crowd listens in front of Hilton to speech highlighting the shooting of Jose Santos Victor Mejia Poot, and a call for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.

5:30 p.m. -- Infernal Noise Brigade attempted to enter Starbuck's at Pioneer Square, which locks its doors. Bicycle cops clear the area in front of the coffee shop.

5:23 p.m. -- "Everything is mellow right now." The crowd moves down Broadway. Some police follow.

5:08 p.m. -- Crowd has reached Washington & Broadway. Portland IMC journalists report a crowd size of at least 1500.

5:03 p.m. -- Crowd is completely out of the North Park blocks and proceeding down Broadway.

4:54 p.m. -- Crowd has just started down Burnside toward Broadway.

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4:50 p.m. -- March is about to start. Infernal Noise Brigade, a Black Bloc drum corps, is leading the way!

4:45 p.m. -- The crowd has swelled to over a thousand and more are still coming.

4:36 p.m. -- More people are streaming into the area. The first square block of the Park Blocks is now full, with people around the edges, too.

4:20 p.m. -- About 500 people are gathered in the North Park Blocks. Music, drumming, puppets, a maypole. 20 or 30 bicycle cops are circling the perimeter. Corporate media helicopter is overhead.

2:45 p.m. -- Vultures in wait: Corporate media van at PSU, hoping to cover the worst.

2:30 p.m. -- ASPSU (Associated Students of Portland State University) display a banner in support of unionizing food service workers at the school. [ Read more ]

Inconsistent Criticism of Mainstream media 04.May.2001 11:30

mark harris

It is absurb to attack the media for not covering the resistance to capitalist imperalism and to simultaneously to attack them when they do cover it. ("Vultures In Wait"). If the forces in defense of property (the police) had attacked, these news gathering resources would have been valuable. Indeed, they may have had an inhibitory influence on police over-reaction.

Infernal Noise Brigade DOES enter Starbucks 04.May.2001 12:53

Doc Holiday

they may have locked their doors after we left but the whole band went inside for several minutes first...
-doc

nordstrom's 11.May.2001 12:31

jason

when the infernal noise brigade and others broke off of the main march we looped up and made a noisy march through nordstrom's before rejoining the rest of the march on broadway. The employees stood by and watched-a little shocked. when we all got out and proceeded to march up broadway again a bunch (maybe 30) of bike cops were coming toward us and for a moment it seemed like they may start something. they did nothing and we all rejoined the main march.