Several hundred protesters, some wearing goggles and gas masks, marched through downtown Portland, Ore., late Nov. 13, after riot police forced Occupy Portland demonstrators out of two encampments in nearby parks. Mayor Sam Adams had ordered the camps shut, citing unhealthy conditions and thir supposed attraction of drug users and thieves. More than 50 protesters were arrested in the eviction. (AP, Nov. 13) Denver police in riot gear one day earlier cleared protesters out of Civic Center park, tearing down tents and arresting 17. (Denver Post, Nov. 12) In Chapel Hill, NC, riot police wielding assault rifles stormed an abandoned downtown commercial property that had been occupied by protesters. Eight were arrested in the Nov. 13 raid. The Chapel Hill Transit bus used to take away the arrestees had a Wells Fargo ad, prompting the chant, “Who do they serve? Wells Fargo! Who do they protect? Wells Fargo!” (ThinkProgress, Nov. 13)
In Oakland, Calif., city officials held a closed-door meeting Nov. 12 before announcing a decision to evict Occupy Oakland from Frank Ogawa Plaza (renamed by protesters Oscar Grant Plaza). Protesters, who have maintained the camp for a month, pledge to resist removal. The eviction has been approved by a vote of the City Council, with the concurrence of Mayor Jean Quan. (SF Chronicle, Nov. 12)
In one of many such scenes around the world, over 90 were arrested and over two dozen injured as mounted police in Melbourne, Australia, charged the occupation camp in the city’s central square on Oct. 21. (PalTalk News Network, Nov. 13)
See our last post on the global econo-protests.