Food Not Bombs happens every Thursday underneath the Burnside Bridge (And: Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat at NO Pk Blocks). The underside of the Burnside Bridge has been a rallying point for many activities in Portland and is watched by police. There is also a mission just above it, so there are many homeless and poor people that are around there most of the time. This also gives police more reason to be around.
As far as I know the police have never hassled the FNB people in Portland. Today, it was different. The food was served and it was good, there were alot of packaged goods to be taken away and a very large turnout, I think it was due to the nice weather. About 100 ft behind where FNB serves is where the homeless people congregate. The mounted Police were patrolling back there and arrested one person for marijuana consumption and possession (I believe).
Shortly after that arrest the mounties rode over and said that the park was closed and we all had to leave. It being a public space and we not causing any trouble, we didnt go too fast. The police pushed a few people and got everyone on their feet onto the pavement. People stood around there asking for badge numbers and reasons for this infringement on our rights to peaceably assemble. The badge numbers were witheld and no answers were given...just more pushing.
As we were corraled to cross the street (they wouldnt let us on the esplanade) a girl asked the police the same questions then spit on the ground. The police grabbed her and threw her to the ground. The reason? Interfering. Interfering with the police state. She was cuffed and arrested as more people asked the same questions and were eventually pushed all the way across the street.
Across the street one officer was giving badge numbers (which should be posted here if they are around). The park was declared closed although the only part of the park affected was the part that had the FNB people there. The police are looking for fights in the activist community and picking on peaceful assemblies. I dont like it.