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Photos and comments of Occupy Portland, Nov. 12-13

The class war by the 1% against the Occupy movement is in full throttle. Last night, cops raided OWS at Liberty Plaza without warning, attacking protestors with pepper spray and batons. Two days ago (Nov. 13), facing a similar eviction threat from Mayor Adams, it was Occupy Portland in the crosshairs. Other Occupy camps have been brutally attacked in Oakland, Berkeley, Denver, Chapel Hill, and elsewhere. Even as they dismantle the camps, we are not giving up the fight.
The class war by the 1% against the Occupy movement is in full throttle. Last night, cops raided OWS at Liberty Plaza without warning, attacking protestors with pepper spray and batons. This came less than a month after Mayor Bloomberg's first attempt to evict OWS failed on Oct. 14. On that day, over 5,000 people showed up to support OWS, forcing Bloomberg and the cops to back down. Two days ago (Nov. 13), facing a similar eviction threat from Mayor Adams, it was Occupy Portland in the crosshairs. Once again, the overwhelming support of over 6,000 folks who showed up forced the cops to retreat when the deadline expired. We were able to hold the streets and the 3 camps till early morning the next day.
Other Occupy camps have also been attacked; in Oakland, cops severely wounded two veterans during their brutal attacks on protestors. In Chapel Hill, NC, the SWAT team, brandishing assault rifles, arrested protestors who had occupied a vacant car dealership. Students at UC Berkeley, attempting to set up a few tents on campus, were brutally beaten by cops. Violent atttacks by police against unarmed protestors also occurred at Occupy Denver and San Diego, while other Occupy sites have been threatened with eviction as city officials obey the orders of the 1% to destroy the movement.
But, as we, the 99% know, this movement is too big and significant to fail. Even as they dismantle the camps, we are not going to give up the fight. That night on Nov. 13, the words "We the People have the power" came alive in the streets of Portland. We collectively experienced what power we can have when we stand together and overcome our fears. The call has been shouted out and heard everywhere from Portland to NYC, "Occupy under attack, What do we do? Stand up, fight back!" They can never destroy Occupy/us, as long as this spirit of resistance stays alive!