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Ungár Furs Report Back 2.19.10: Resistance and Repression

It has been over two years since Nicholas Ungár Furs has become the focus of animal rights protest and demonstration. The demonstrations continue with perseverance even though they have become a target of political repression.
Anal electrocution
Anal electrocution
Close up of the suffering
Close up of the suffering
Farmed and caged fox
Farmed and caged fox
This Friday, February 19, a minimum of 10 compassionate activists voiced their outrage at Nicholas Ungár Furs about the 50 million animals killed each year for vanity and status. The protest was positive and effective. Several people welcomed the activists' presence and engaged in conversation about fur and other animal issues.

Portland Police Officer Zachary Zelinka made a visit to chat with the individuals about their activity. He attempted to argue that they were in violation of Disorderly Conduct - the catch-all complaint against activists - to no avail. However, no amplification devices are being used, and activists are aware and advised that no ordinances are being broken. When the activists did not yield to his request, he drove around the block to monitor from a distance, eventually driving off.

The first surprise of the day was the discovery that a trash can in the underground parking garage of the Portland Clinic has become home to a "clandestine" video camera. No, the camera was not thrown away as trash. Rather, it was installed inside of the body of the trash can and pointed directly at Nicholas Ungár Furs and the protest activity. (Photos and video follow).

Interestingly, that is not where the discoveries ended. Activists also learned that the FBI has begun questioning businesses in the area about protest activity.

Finally, near the end of the protest, yet another police car arrived to monitor the final moments of the day.

All of this police presence is despite the fact that a rally of hundreds of people regarding police brutality and accountability was occurring mere blocks away. The intense monitoring of animal rights activity by authorities either indicates that the campaign has reached a critical level of effectiveness - or that police have a whole lot of time and tax money to waste. We assume it's the former.

Despite these obvious attempts to stifle First Amendment activity, the protests remain strong and consistent. All are encouraged to stand in solidarity with the animals:

Where: Nicholas Ungár Furs @ the corner of SW 12th and Yamhill
When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Come whenever and stay as long as you like.
We will never back down!


*for more information about the fur industry:  http://www.furisdead.com or  http://www.furkills.org

Blurry Picture of the Camera 19.Feb.2010 20:57

More pics to come...

Camera...
Camera, hidden behind a dark tinted plastic plate on the side of the trash can
Camera, hidden behind a dark tinted plastic plate on the side of the trash can

So the Portland police or the FBI 19.Feb.2010 22:55

disgusted

are putting targeted hidden cameras on the street now to spy on activists?

City officials are o.k. with this? This is shameful. Portland is not a progressive city, despite the claims.

Thanks for exposing the reality of what's going on here.

Cute old Libertarian 20.Feb.2010 00:44

Vegan Cabal

This video describes the many techniques used to observe and catalog our lives.