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Two More Arrested at Portland Peace Encampment

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Police paid another unannounced, but not unexpected, 4am visit to the Portland Peace Encampment Thursday morning, seizing several sleeping bags, backpacks, signs, paintings, and other personal belongings, as well as two more human beings.

A sergeant on the scene supervising the arresting officers said the two men would probably be charged with interfering with a police officer or failure to obey a lawful order. He said the men would not be charged with violating the anti-camping ordinance, despite the fact that they were both sleeping bags when police arrived, and both still occupied their sleeping bags when physically removed by the officers and arrested.

Many homeless and homeless advocates in Portland have called the anti-camping ordinance unlawful, preventing people with nowhere else to go from peacefully sleeping in public. Members of Crossroads, a group advocating for the rights of the poor and homeless, sponsored a giveaway of dozens of sleeping bags at a demonstration in front of City Hall, across the street from the longstanding encampment, in June.

When asked why the men arrested Thursday would not be charged with violating the anti-camping ordinance, an officer said, "You can look at the arrest report when they get out to see what they were charged with."

The men were taken in one car to the downtown jail, within site of the encampment, for processing. A police clerk will presumably spend most of a shift Thursday tagging the property seized by police, which filled a police van and the trunk of a car. Police left a detailed property receipt with the campers.

Portland police threatened to take a small amount of property that the campers had stored just off the 4th Avenue sidewalk on federally-owned property adjacent to Terry Schrunk Plaza. Camper Todd Kurylowicz interjected that an agent of the Federal Protective Service (FPS) had earlier given the encampment permission to store some possessions on the space, which was in a bushy area of the plaza. Portland police called the Federal Protective Service to the scene to verify Kurylowicz's claim that the encampment had FPS consent. An on-duty FPS agent was unable to confirm the approval. After police told the FPS agent that they would remove the property if he gave the word, the agent said he had better check with his superior officer, whom Kurylowicz said had given his approval.
Connection: Ashcroft visit 17.Jul.2003 07:07

Pink Panther

Peace encampment will probably be harassed bigtime today and tomorrow since Asscroft is coming to town and will be at the Hatfield courthouse late morning.

I'm confused... 17.Jul.2003 09:04

Snaggle

I'm unfamiliar, apparently, with this subject. Is the Peace Camp sort of like an ongoing protest, or is it a homeless camp? I was under the impression it was an ongoing protest, but the reference to the homeless and homelessness advocates confused me. Which is it?

Clean-up before the Unter Führer Ashcroft's visit? 17.Jul.2003 09:46

MCJ

Is it me, or is it coincidental that the raper of the US Constitution, John Ashcroft, is going to be in town tomorrow?

Snaggle... 17.Jul.2003 10:16

Reader

That Vera katz has decided to deal with homelessness simply by making it a criminal offense is an important issue for many people here.

Asscroft - Peace Camp 17.Jul.2003 10:19

Pink Emma

I'm with you, MCJ. Is this a coincidence? The timing is just to suggestive. Of course Asscroft and his minions wouldn't want a bunch of protesters squatting right across the street from him - and our mayor and police can't wait to lay down on their backs and do anything for this monster.

Snaggle - yes, the Peace Camp is an ongoing protest. And Portland's anti camping ordinance - long opposed by homeless advocates - has been used against the Peace Camp as well.

Code Pink encourages all who oppose Ashcroft - and the Peace Encampment arrests - to show up tomorrow and protest loudly.

Demand the restoration of civil rights and civil liberties.


it's a peace vigil...not a homeless camp 17.Jul.2003 14:03

AK

Hey Snaggle,

Police would like people to believe that its a homeless camp, but it is not. It is a peace vigil and 24/7 ongoing protest.

I spent a lot of time down there in the past, but my situation at work and the activism I'm been doing on other projects has made it impossible for me to visit the vigil. I encourage all to show as much support as they can.

Want to show... 17.Jul.2003 14:50

yanqui

the city of portland that the peace camp and the other thousands of dissenters can't be swept under the rug when the dark prince of the gestapo honors us with his presence?

Emergency Planning meeting tonight to plan protests of John Ashcroft's visit to Portland

An emergency planning meeting to organize protests for tomorrow is being held tonight, July 17, at 7:00 pm in the North Park Blocks. Look for everyone by the elephant statue. If you are free tonight, please attend! Otherwise, keep checking indymedia for announcements of action.
UNITE*RESIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No justice, No peace

If you can't make the meeting tonight, please show up and voice your dissent tomorrow!
11:00 am in front of the Mark O Hatfield courthouse, Third and Salmon

Dear AK 17.Jul.2003 21:38

jayson

AK:

if you have time to pass by the peace encampment for a few minutes here or there, i encourage you and everyone else to do it. while the larger protest movement has been in hibernation in recent months, the peace encampment has been maintaining a silent, peaceful, and frontally attacked vigil in support of another way.

if you are there 24/7 is one thing, not for everyone. if you are in the area, or can reasonably get there, go by and say hello.

Protesting only goes so far... 14.Aug.2003 17:05

Downtown Worker

Protesting only goes so far. Everyone has the freedom of speech, but not the freedom to impose on others. The peace camp began doing just that, interfering with the ability of pedestrians to walk down the sidewalk without dancing through the maze of clutter, personal belongings and signs. I commend their determination to stay, but they should know when to say when. It doesn't help your cause to make pedestrians detest your presence.

late comment on 'angry pedestrians' 29.Jan.2004 18:42

reader too

just back in the archives in january 2004, seven months after the last comments were made, and gotta call bullshit on 'angry pedestrians' trumping an immobile, peaceful peace protest. the city closes sidewalks all the time for construction projects and other purposes. are you actually saying that it is better for people not to stand on a sidewalk and call for peace (for as long and loud as they want to) because pedestrians might get pissed?

here's a simple solution: put a sign up on the approaching sidewalks saying, "peace vigil ahead, pass on other sidewalk, if desired". there are many wide sidewalks in the immediate area, with wide, signal-controlled crosswalks. a small price to pay to protect free speech in the 21st century.

if i am starbucks, for example, or one of two dozen contractors building projects in downtown and the pearl district, calling up to say, 'close this sidewalk while i build my store/condo', why should i be MORE important than the VERY FIRST OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS???!!!!!