Shortly after 8 o'clock Thursday morning, an unidentified antiwar activist locked himself to the front of the US military recruiting center at 1317 NE Broadway in Portland, Oregon.
Arriving just before the center was scheduled to open, the man used fifty pounds of chains to lock himself down in silent, peaceful protest against the US war on Iraq. The chains extended from the man's body to both doors of the recruiting center, preventing them from being opened.
A handful of onlookers stood nearby while rush hour traffic streamed by in the direction of the Broadway Bridge into downtown Portland. Several motorists who passed the scene honked their horns and waved in a show of support for the action.
After locking himself down, the man called in to a broadcast of a KBOO-FM morning show hosted by Alan Graf and JoAnn Bowman. Graf and Bowman were discussing the actions of officers of the Portland Police Bureau since the American war on Iraq began eight days ago. The call was broadcast live over the air.
Within minutes a large contingent of Portland police reached the scene. A phalanx of at least eight officers established a tight perimeter around the man, refusing to allow any members of a growing crowd to see or speak to him. A number of motorcycle police stood nearby.
When asked by an independent media journalist what was taking place behind the line of police an officer answered, "He is being given a choice."
Two police officers were seen kneeling down and speaking to the man, presumably trying to determine whether there was a key on the scene to unlock the chains.
After about an hour, the man revealed to police that the key was hidden in a planter box outside a restaurant at the corner of NE 13th Avenue and Broadway. Police unlocked the chains and the man was lead to a waiting police car and taken to jail.
The attached photo was taken moments after the man called in to speak to Graf and Bowman at KBOO. When the photo was taken, police had not yet arrived on the scene.