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Peace March to Terry Schrunk Plaza in Solidarity with Peace Encampment

A young child dances and claps with a large crowd of peace activists in Terry Schrunk Plaza on Friday.
Peace March to Terry Schrunk Plaza in Solidarity with Peace Encampment
Peace March to Terry Schrunk Plaza in Solidarity with Peace Encampment
A radical feeder march in the North Park Blocks was addressed by MOVE veteran Mario Africa of Philadelphia before heading out to join the Portland Peaceful Response Coalition's regular Friday march at 5pm on Friday.

A massive police presence was seen throughout downtown Portland, with cops on foot, in cars, on bikes and motorcycles, and on horseback. Within moments of the beginning of the march south from the Park Blocks, officers cornered a young woman in a crosswalk on Broadway near Burnside. It was unclear whether she was arrested or cited.

Portland police closely watched and cordoned the radical march, which kept to the sidewalks. Police blocked access to crosswalks in an attempt to split the march into smaller groups. When asked by marchers why the police were blocking the crosswalk after part of the march had gone through, one bike officer was heard saying, "We are preempting the crossing signal."

Marchers devised a strategy of running through the open crosswalks during green signals to allow everyone to make it through without being left behind.

When the marchers approached the northeast corner of Pioneer Courthouse Square from SW Sixth Avenue, a large whoop went up from the PPRC group that had been waiting for their arrival.

Following the No War Drum Corps down Yamhill Street to Third Avenue, the assembled groups passed the Portland Justice Center and Federal Building before entering Terry Schrunk Plaza to show solidarity with the Peace Encampment. The Encampment was established by a loosely affiliated group of young people after bombing began as a silent, peaceful vigil against the war on Iraq. Organizers have vowed to maintain a 24 hour a day vigil between City Hall and the Federal Building until the bombing of Iraq is halted.

After several individuals addressed the crowd through a bullhorn, the march continued back to Pioneer Square.

A group of Critical Mass riders passed the Square shortly afterwards, eliciting more whoops from the crowd. They were followed by a large number of bike and motorcycle police. It appeared that police had split the Mass prior to its reaching this point in the ride.

Several mass riders were arrested and others pepper sprayed by the police near the Justice Center at about 7:30pm. It remains to be seen what other violence may have been meted out to Mass riders by the police. Other indymedia reporters were with the mass and will be filing reports shortly.
PPRC perspective 28.Mar.2003 21:54

Lizard

I thought there was a significantly smaller police presence downtown than last weekend or from stories i'd heard, at least at the start. last friday was smaller and had about twice as many riot cops everywhere. The plolice didnt put up any trouble until Critical Mass that i saw, and there was one cop we talked to who emphatically told us that cops are just worker-bees, many of whom are as opposed to the war as we. One I flashed the peace sign at was about half a second from returning the gesture and converted it to a wave at the last second.

Communicate with the police. The more of them that recognise us as intelligent, polite people who are open to discussion, the better off we all are no matter what their orders are.

Conversely, I saw some of the Critical Mass stuff, and got photos of a couple of people being arrested, that will make it up here eventually. And also the America Huge Penis Patriot Flag Patriot Truck seemed to be driving in circles around downtown. If you have seen this truck, you know what i mean.

i'll never understand why bikes are so goddamn threatening.

A cozy little gathering 28.Mar.2003 23:33

The Redcoat

I saw a man during the march
walking with crutches
he probably went
the whole route
that's dedication
that's sacrifice

YOUR streets? 29.Mar.2003 01:45

Jane Doe

I was towards the back of the line where the woman got arrested at the beginning of the feeder march she was violently thrown off her bike because she but a few steps form the curb just a second or two after the hand signalled us to stop. Their strategy was to split us in two then corner us from rejoining by blocking both crosswalks and not speaking when we asked why we couldn't cross. I'd like to reiterate that we were on SIDEWALKS...crossing at the SIGNALS... today I spoke calmly and told a inquiring new reporter of what had just happened I thought that maybe they might play the injustice...but that was a farce...
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