« Occupy Portland » démantelé par la police – 3 décembre 2011

Portland, Ore., police dismantle new Occupy camp

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By msmsnbc.com staff and news service reports

4 12 2011 Sunday

About 50 police officers in riot gear moved in on Occupy Portland, Ore., protesters Saturday night, clearing sidewalks and dismantling defiantly set-up tents after announcing the park was closing early on an emergency basis.

The Associated Press reported that police were detaining protesters with flex cuffs and hauling away those who refused to leave, but no detailed numbers of arrests were available late Saturday.

Protesters regrouped in front of City Hall, while riot police gathered near the building, before beginning a march with heavy police presence after 10 p.m. PST.

Evicted protesters chanted, « Whose streets, our streets. » Police reduced their presence as the marchers wandered through downtown streets.

Before their sweep, officers warned that anyone who wouldn’t leave the park would be arrested,Oregonlive.com reported.

Livestream video showed lines of officers in riot gear confronting protesters.

Demonstarators had gathered in a portion of the South Park blocks, near the Portland Art Museum,NBC station KGW said.

Demonstrators said they would stay through the winter and had no plans to leave. Police, however, had warned that overnight stays at parks wouldn’t be allowed.

The park where the demonstrators set up tents was scheduled to close at 9 p.m., but police closed it a half-hour early after protesters confronted park workers and prevented them from carrying out their job of enforcing park codes, police said.

Authorities last month evicted demonstrators who had camped in two downtown parks for more than a month. Read more…

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~ par Alain Bertho sur 4 décembre 2011.

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