The cops didn't get into any trouble that I saw at the square. There were a couple hundred or more people gathered there (of course the corporate media undercounted; don't they always?) and they seemed to be getting pretty excited by the speeches. I watched the Saturday crowds, too, as people looked up to see what the noise was about, and occasionally approached the edge of the rally. A few people made derisive comments, but mostly I heard stuff like, "What's this about?" It was disappointing not to see rally organizers out around the edges passing out informational flyers so that bystanders would know what was going on. (And don't tell me *I* should've done it. I had a job there already, with the video camera.)
So folks eventually started marching, and the cops kept everyone on the sidewalk. A feeling of depression that had been creeping over me in the square started to grow. What was the point of this event? No one around knew what was going on, the cops were in complete control, and what difference was another march going to make? By the time we got to PGE Park, I was in a funk. Fortunately, it was time to leave for work (which starts in a couple minutes here for me, so I'll stop here).
I'm sorry to hear about the arrests. Especially Mike D. Like he needs that again.
Looking forward to reading here on this site about what else happened....