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Thu November 17, 2011
Arrests Being Made At Occupy Portland Protest, Scene Is 'Orderly'
Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 4:31 pm
The focus is on Manhattan today as protesters mark the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but there are things happening in other U.S. cities as well. We'll add to this post as reports come in.
-- 4:15 p.m.: Our colleague Bill Chappell has used Storify to gather other feeds and reports about what's happening at various protests.
-- 4:00 p.m. ET: According to The Associated Press, "in Albany, N.Y., protesters from Buffalo, Rochester and other encampments were coming in by bus to join a demonstration in a downtown park."
-- 12:30 p.m ET: "More than dozen people" were arrested in Portland, Ore., a short time ago, The Oregonian reports, as Occupy protesters staged a sit-in on the Steel Bridge that crosses the Wilamette River.
Overall, the newspaper says, "the scene is organized and orderly. Those who wanted to be arrested are wearing pink armbands. Monitors trained by the Service Employees International Union are on hand to guide the demonstration onto the pedestrian walkway. Those arrested are being booked on a trio of charges: second-degree disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer and interfering with vehicular traffic."
-- 12:45 p.m. ET: In Los Angeles, "hundreds of people [have] converged in the financial district of downtown," the Los Angeles Times says. "Shortly after 8:30 a.m., the protest remained peaceful and Los Angeles police said they had not made any arrests. ...The police permit for the protest had expired, and the thousand or so protesters who marched had cleared the street and were standing on the sidewalk and chanting: 'This is what democracy looks like.' "
Around 9:35 a.m. (PT) the Times updated to say that some arrests were being made of protesters in "a smaller group [that had] blocked the street and ignored police orders to disperse."