19 Occupy Portland protesters arrested at park
Saturday, December 3, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Police say 19 Occupy Portland protesters have been arrested in a nighttime crackdown at a downtown park.
Sgt. Pete Riot Simpson says officers moved protesters from South Park blocks around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, after the park was closed a half hour early.
He says 19 who resisted were arrested. Most were cited for criminal trespassing and released by five were jailed.
Occupy Portland demonstrators set up tents in a portion of the park that runs through Southwest Portland earlier Saturday and vowed to stay through the winter.
They defied officials who said overnight camping will not be allowed.
The protesters had been without an encampment since police swept through their downtown site three weeks ago, making arrests and dismantling tents.