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Right NOW PDX -Arrests on SW Broadway and Oak!!

Many arrest JUST NOW on SW Broadway and Oak ST.
Anti-police march called in arrests of several people at 7:50pm tonight to jail support. Reported riot cops, bicycle cops, on SW Broadway and Oak. More to come.

More arrests, 8:00pm, Stark and Park!!!!! 07.Apr.2011 20:06

xo@PDX

Two more arrests, SW Stark and Park, get your jail support crew down to Central Precinct for a little solidarity, updates soon.

More arrests, 8:00pm, Stark and Park!!!!! 07.Apr.2011 20:06

xo@PDX

Two more arrests, SW Stark and Park, get your jail support crew down to Central Precinct for a little solidarity, updates soon.

What I saw... 07.Apr.2011 20:44

AnonAnok

Just got back - around the park down there someone tossed a smoke grenade into the street - at that point, a cop pointed out someone in the crowd and 3 or 4 moved in with their bicycles and began tackling and pepper spraying people. Pretty tense - they formed a cordon with their bikes - I witnessed one cop using his bike to assault someone standing on the sidewalk several times. Passerby's were commenting on what a ridiculous use of force it was. After the arrests were made, maybe 30-40 riot cops moved in and ordered everyone out of the park - forming a line at the top of it. Another line started moving around the side, appearing to attempt to seal it - at that point everyone who hadn't been arrested took off. Cops were extremely confrontational - at one point trying to arrest someone early in the march for walking into the street - only to have them unarrested by the bloc - good work there! They also tried to prevent people at one point from legally crossing the street near the park at the end of the march.

Now's probably not the best time for criticism, and I hope that finger pointing doesn't result from the outcome of the march, but there should definitely be discussion on what went wrong - I for one can't say that I didn't see this coming, and I certainly saw it coming when I got down to the south park blocks before the protest and saw 200 cops standing around to contain the 20 or so people who showed up.

x 07.Apr.2011 20:59

chickpea

Coverage on Katu, says almost a dozen were arrested. Nobody booked yet. keep an ear to the ground

 link to southwestportland.katu.com

Fuck the police! 07.Apr.2011 22:47

@ guy

I can tell you why I was there - because the police are the enforcers of the status quo, because they harass, beat, and kill poor people everyday with impunity, and because they are responsible for preserving the current social order. They are the foot soldiers of the capitalist state - the letter distributed to the residents of the south park blocks is clear evidence of their relationship to property and the true role they serve in society. They are lap dogs to the rich, lackey thugs used to make sure that people know their place.

It's also surprising that the police were candid about the lack of a threat posed by those arrested, saying that they were tackled and pepper sprayed not for property damage, but for refusing to obey orders. That's the best that they could come up with after spending how many thousands of dollars to mobilize what seemed like all of the cops in the city? They obviously intended to attack the march at some point and found whatever flimsy excuse they could come up with. It was brave of those who showed up to challenge the overwhelming response by the police - although perhaps brave in a foolhardy sort of way. If folks can get better organized for the next go around, and generate more of a turn out, it would obviously prove harder for the police to control. Jogging could have helped tonight - at least to confuse and disorient them - after all, we all know cops aren't too bright.

Clarification 08.Apr.2011 12:34

AnonAnok

Since there are main stream news accounts linking to my recap, I thought I should clarify. I was at the edge of the march and saw what looked like a smoke grenade thrown into the street. However, I couldn't clearly see what was going on, and the reasons provided by the police for attacking the march varied from failure to obey orders to kicking one of their tires. As noted by all accounts - the march was not violent and the actions of the police were in no way justified.