Portland protesters defy deadline to abandon camp
Saturday, November 12, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Dozens of anti-Wall Street protesters are defying a city order to abandon their encampment in two adjacent Portland parks.
The Occupy movement faced a midnight deadline Saturday to break camp or face possible arrest, but nearly a half hour after that an estimated 200 remained.
Up to 1,000 supports were nearby but many of them moved from the parks to sidewalks, where it is legal to congregate.
Clusters of police with nightsticks and helmets are positioned on area corners but there are no signs of any action directed toward the campers.
Earlier in the day, the demonstrators dismantled large sections of their encampment, about 100 tents are still standing.
Mayor Sam Adams ordered the camp shut down, citing unhealthy conditions and the encampment's attraction of drug users and thieves.