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Occupy bank protest arrests reach 50

Latest N17 Day of Action tally includes sit-in arrests at Wells Fargo branch
by: Jaime Valdez Police in riot gear stand in front of a downtown Portland Bank of America branch during Thursday’s N17 Day of Action that attracted hundreds of people to protest rallies and marches. About 50 people were arrested during the daylong protest.

The number of 'N17' arrests announced by Portland police is up to 49.

All the arrests occurred during Thursday's protests called by Occupy Portland and a variety of other groups.

According to police, 25 people were arrested at the east end of the Steel Bridge in Thursday morning. Among other things, they were protesting plans by the City Council to cut $16 million from the Portland Bureau of Transportation because of less-than-projected state gas tax funds.

Officers then made nine arrests include the Wells Fargo branch inside the Standard Insurance Building, 900 S.W. Fifth Ave. Those arrested were protesting banks as part of the national so-called Day of Action called against large financing institutions.

Next, officers arrested 15 people inside or near the JPMorgan Chase Bank branch at Southwest Sixth Avenue and Yamhill Street, next to Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Charges for those arrested varied between the bridge and bank incidents. Those arrested at the bridge were charged with disorderly conduct. Those arrested at the banks were changed with criminal trespass.


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