Protesters demonstrate at Eugene, Ore., banks



EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — About 40 demonstrators — some wearing all-black costumes and masks — joined in an Occupy Eugene march on downtown Eugene, Ore., banks. Two marchers carried a sign that read “Smash Capitalism.”

A police spokeswoman tells The Register-Guard there were no arrests during Monday’s march, but officers shadowed the protesters along much of their route. Multiple officers were stationed outside each targeted bank branch.

At least two banks locked their doors as protesters approached. In front of both of those banks, protesters used colored chalk to scrawl sidewalk messages assailing corporate greed.

One masked protester holding a crowbar remained seated and silent on the sidewalk outside a Chase Bank branch for at least two hours after the rest of the group moved on. Occupy Eugene member Reid Kimball says the woman had allowed other protesters to secure her hands to the crowbar with a powerful glue. Kimball says the woman later left without incident.


Information from: The Register-Guard,