SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A former Salem, Ore., mayor was among those joining in an Occupy Salem demonstration on the steps of the Oregon state Capitol.
Former Mayor Mike Swaim told a crowd that the Statesman Journal estimated at more than 300, “Now is the time to take the country back from Wall Street racketeers.”
Protesters marched Monday in Salem and rallied at the Capitol. The crowd ranged from college students to middle-aged workers and white-haired seniors.
Their causes are diverse but they say they’re fighting for the “99 percent,” or the vast majority of Americans who do not fall into the wealthiest 1 percent of the population.
Occupy Salem organizers say they’ll set up camp at a nearby park for an indefinite stay.
In Portland, what started as a march last Thursday now looks more like an encampment in the downtown core. KGW-TV reports that Occupy Portland activists moved back into Chapman Square, behind City Hall, on Monday. Some moved out for a time Sunday to cooperate with the Portland Marathon. Police Sgt. Pete Simpson says the city will allow them to stay for the time being.