Two dozen arrested in Jamison Square Occupy protest
Many protesters from two downtown squares forced out of Pearl District park after curfew
More than two dozen Occupy Portland protesters were arrested early Sunday after they refused to leave Jamison Square when the Pearl District park closed at midnight.
A total of 27 people were arrested on charges that included interfering with a police officer, second-degree criminal trespass and second-degree disorderly conduct.
Twenty-five of the people were peacefully arrested after refusing repeated instruction to leave the park. Two were arrested before that.
The protesters had marched from their downtown camp to the park to protest what they call the concentration of wealth in the Pearl District. Although Mayor Sam Adams is allowing the protesters to camp in Chapman and Lownsdale squares, he warned them they could not set up another camp. City policies prohibit public camping.
Adams told Fox 12 the two sites were different. Jamison Square is in a neighborhood used mostly by families and children, he said.
Adams also said the city repeatedly tried to prevent the confrontation by telling protesters they would not be allowed to stay overnight in Jamison Square, and then arrested those who violated the curfew as gently as possible.
The original Occupy Portland camp was established at the end of an Oct. 6 march through downtown to protest Wall Street greed. Four arrests were made there Saturday for crimes ranging from indecent exposure to drug possession.
Fox 12 contributed to this story.