ANTI-WAR PROTEST THE DAY THE WAR BEGINS
The Portland Police Bureau is aware of a protest planned for Terry Schrunk Park at 4:00 pm on the day a war in Iraq begins (or the next day if hostilities begin after 4:00 pm).
Participants in the protest should be aware that there is not City-issued permit for the gathering in the park or a march on city streets and sidewalks.
A lack of permit not with standing [sic], the Portland Police Bureau stands ready to work with leaders in the crowd to ensure the free speech rights of participants and their smooth movement through City surface streets and sidewalks. [emphasis in original]
This spirit has pervaded the parge and successful rally/marches organized conducted [sic] on October 5, November 17, and January 18.
Because there is no date and route information, we can expect that the impact on downtown traffic will be substantial. It is likely that some motorists may become frustrated, confused, or frightened especially those who may feel trapped within the crowd.
The Portland Police Bureau is concerned about individuals within the crowd who might attempt the following:
? Prolonged blockage of motorways with the stated or implied intent to disrupt the free movement of others
? Significant property damage (beyond chalking)
? Physical harassment or assaults of persons within the crowd, bystanders, and police officers.
The Police Bureau may make arrests and/or use crowd control dispersal measures to deal with the problem behaviors listed above. [emphasis in original]
We recognize that the vast majority of individuals within the crowd simply want to express themselves in a non-violent manner. We ask that people be very aware of what is occurring around them in order to make good decisions.