Vandals break windows at Portland banks



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- As the Occupy Portland movement planned a downtown march Wednesday, vandals who trashed a Portland bank issued a communique challenging the group to take violent action.

Police say vandals hit two banks and a Starbucks shop overnight in advance of an Occupy march aimed at nonviolent disruption of businesses.

An emailed communique to journalists took responsibility for the rocks that broke windows and doors at a U.S. Bank office in southeast Portland.

It seemed to reflect a rift between self-styled anarchists and the Occupy movement that was evident in earlier demonstrations. The communique said "there's really no replacement for a few dozen folks in masks with rocks."

Occupy Portland issued a sarcastic Twitter response thanking the vandals for "not hiding behind Occupy."