Portland police arrest 12 in postal protest



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police say they arrested a dozen people at a protest Thursday at the University Station post office.

Lt. Robert King says the demonstrators arrested for criminal trespass were those who refused to leave and wanted to be arrested.

In a statement, demonstrators said more than 100 people showed up with two large banners that said, “Occupy the Post Office” and “No Closures! No Cuts!”

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said last week the U.S. Postal Service was moving forward with a multibillion-dollar cost-cutting plan that will close nearly 250 mail processing centers.

Lataya Dailey of the Occupy movement says those arrested included members of labor unions, faith groups, neighborhood organizations and Occupy Portland.

Demonstrators also delivered postcards addressed to the postmaster general.