The Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC) rally on Friday called attention to the previous day's events when a passionate but peaceful protest against visiting George Bush was marred by vicious police violence.
In a march on City Hall participants chanted, "Send Kroeker back to LA!" and "2-4-6-8, End the Police State!"
Most people in the crowd had felt the effects of the day's rubber bullet and pepperspray attacks, either up-close-and-personal, or by entering areas where the poison still hung heavy in the air.
Being the target of chemical weapons can tick people off, and the crowd on Friday, though small (about thirty people) was loud and energetic.
Many people felt that that Mayor Katz and Chief Kroeker are to blame for the inexcusable behavior of the police.
We let 'em know what we thought, chanting and giving a few yells outside City Hall.
Perhaps City Hall was the wrong place to bring this message, though. Do these two phrases (in the photo, above) actually go together?
Today's reward for institutionalized petty tyrrany goes to "Houston" of the Pioneer Square rent-a-cop brigade, who tried to get some of us to move along from the street corner after the rally. He claimed that there are no public sidewalks on that block, and that it is park "curb to curb". Some banal musical event of some sort was going on that night and most of the Square was fenced in. A loud sound system drowned out all other sounds. It was an obnoxious case of public space for private profit, such as happens too often in the Square. Naturally, we were asked to move along since we weren't participating in the consumer-fest. Fuck that noise. One of us really wanted to wait and see if he'd call a cop. So we hung out. Eventually, Houston gave up and walked away on his own, his bluff called. Ya gotta watch these Pioneer Square rent-a-cops. They're not really cops. They can't do anything on their own, really. They have to call real cops for that. This is not the first time that Houston or others have tried to intimidate people. Stand up to them. Don't let them push you around. They have very little on their side, legal-wise, and their interpretations of the law seem fanciful at best. We called 'em on it today. It's your turn, tomorrow. See you in the Square !!