Today in Occupy: December 4, 2011


  • The Occupy Portland ReOccuFest march and demonstration gathered on the Waterfront and marched through Downtown, before attempting to set up a two-week encampment in Shemanski Park. The Occupy Portland live blog and The Oregonian reported demonstrators as obeying traffic signals and allowing MAX and buses to pass. Contact: [email protected]
  • Officer Aaron Schmautz was alleged to have struck cyclists near the Occupy Portland demonstration. Various accounts indicate Schmautz clotheslined two non-occupy cyclists with his baton. Contact: [email protected]
  • Occupy Portland demonstrators swept up fallen leaves in and around Shemanski Park.
  • The Portland Police Bureau announced an “emergency closure” to Shemanski Park at approximately 8:30 pm.  Demonstrators asked for a written statement of the closure and the legal justifications for the action. The police did not respond to either request. Mayor Sam Adams later explained on Twitter that the emergency closure was in response to protesters defiance of Portland Parks & Recreation orders.
  • The Oregon Symphony audience applauded Occupy Portland’s presence in the park blocks adjacent to the concert.
  • Riot police forced Occupy Portland out of Shemanski Park. Demonstrators at the scene reported baton strikes that injured ribs, hands, and more.
  • Occupy Portland responded to the park eviction with street theater that included marching, dancing, and chanting.

—Reid Parham, [email protected]

Today in Occupy is a quick, broad look at the day-to-day happenings of anything related to Occupy Portland. Please send your tips to Reid Parham, media volunteer, and include who, what, where, when, and why, plus links for more information. Your feedback is welcomed.

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