Bend police cite 8 protesters at Walden’s office



BEND, Ore. (AP) — Police say eight out of a dozen protesters seeking more town hall meetings with U.S. Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon have been cited for criminal trespass after refusing to leave the congressman’s Bend office.

Police say those cited Monday evening ranged in age from 22 to 73.

KTVZ reports ( that members of the Occupy Congressional District 2 movement are pressing their demand that Walden schedule at least five town halls by next April.

Walden’s staff told the demonstrators the congressman was not at the office Monday. KTVZ says a Walden staffer told protesters that the Republican will have town halls in Rufus and Fossil.

Bend protest organizer Kathleen Paterno told the station that demonstrators want Walden to schedule a town hall meeting in a larger city.

Walden spokesman Andrew Whelan said recently the congressman is always available for his constituents.


Information from: KTVZ-TV,