Occupy Portland on downtown streets again




PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Occupy Portland demonstrators took to the downtown streets again on Wednesday, pushing through lines of police and chanting in front of businesses in some of the first forceful physical collisions between protesters and police on bicycles.

A police spokesman reported seven arrests. Lt. Robert King says they included three people who bike-locked themselves at the Wells Fargo Center, two arrested along the route for criminal mischief and two at the Bank of America for criminal trespass.

The protesters said the march was aimed at the nonviolent disruption of businesses in protest of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.

The protesters say ALEC is responsible for providing pro-business model legislation that is put forward by state lawmakers, including those in Oregon, to the detriment of voters.

When reached by email on Wednesday, ALEC spokeswoman Kaitlyn Buss said the protests are misguided.