It is disturbing that this web page did not cover the injuries to protesters here on the streets Monday.
One woman has recieved a broken foot from being trampled by the police and others also recieved cuts, bruises and trampling.
I beg of the IMC to not over look these facts.
As the protest was nearing an end back at Pioneer square, police nabbed two straglers. At least one of them they know personally and have bias to arrest. THey were both walking peacefully.
A shout went out and sixty/ fifty protesters came running back (Most of the less committed protesters long since gone)
these were mostly black clad youth. There were scuffles here with injuries recieved by baton blow. Police bikes were also used as weapons by the police. There was an attempt to stop the van with the arrested from leaving. Mounted police officers arrived and proceded to use the horses as weapons by forcing them to trample protestors. The fighting lasted for several minutes or more. Mounted police repeatidly charging the crowd while people screamed, and scrambled to get away, stepping on people and almost tampling people completly to the ground. I'm over six foot and i barely remained on my feet. A few people recieved injuries at this point and one woman had to be carried away and later brought to a hospital, her foot badly damaged. Broken. Others had injuries, i saw blood on peoples hands and some other people limbing. The police started to break out riot gear at this point and large bottles of pepper spray. There was now a stale mate with large groups of by standers. One older woman yelled that she couldn't get on the Max, and some new commer was taunting the police and asking to be pepper sprayed and beaten, yelling: "Are there no warriors left!?" Either very angry of a provocateur.
The TV coverage was terrible of course, they started with "Violence and Vandalism in the streets of Portland today."
They didn't mention that the violence was by the police and the vandalism was very tactful, a large red Anarchy symbol sprayed on the front of the Italian consulate door. It looked really nice. You should have seen their faces. It was yelled: "Yes Fascists, we won't let you rest here either." The police had brought their bikes into the consulate building and had formed a riot line inside.