Occupy's new tactic on the West Coast: Squatting

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SEATTLE (AP) -- To continue their protests on wealth inequality, Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in Seattle, Portland and Oakland have taken up a new tactic: Squatting in vacant properties.

Squatting marks a move away from the public demonstrations that have been a marquee of the national protest, one that is attempting to re-energize the protests in Oakland and Portland -- two cities that have seen violent clashes with police and evictions from parks.

But police have already moved in at least one city. Portland police officers have arrested more than a dozen people trying to squat in a home in the city.

Occupy Portland Andrea Townsend says squatting provides a safe and warm place for demonstrators and keeps attention on the city's homelessness.

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Associated Press writer Nigel Duara in Portland, Ore., contributed to this report.

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