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Three arrested during weekend Occupy protests

Saturday's immigrant rights march goes off without problems
by: MULTNOMAH COUNTY Richard Hernandez

Three people were arrested during a weekend of protests by the Occupy Portland movement.

Portland police said 46-year-old Richard Hernandez was arrested at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday after he spit in the face of security guard at Pioneer Place mall. Hernandez has taken part in numerous downtown protests during the years and police say he has been known for erratic behavior.

At the time of his arrest, Hernandez was participating in an Occupy Portland-related march that started at about 2 p.m. in the South Park Blocks.

At about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, police arrested two men during another Occupy Portland-related protest in downtown. The protest began at about 7 p.m. at Director's Park, at Southwest Park Avenue and Salmon Street. No permit was been obtained for the march and no specific route was shared with police prior to the march starting. The march wandered through Downtown Portland, including through Pioneer Place.

At Southwest Third Avenue and Oak Street, the crowd went into the streets and began chanting. Officers tried to move everyone back onto the sidewalk. During the march, Jonathan Michael Zook, 45, and Eric Neil Bowen, 33, were arrested for second-degree disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer and resisting arrest. They were taken to the Multnomah County Jail.

The Immigrants Rights March earlier Saturday afternoon had a permit and occurred without incident or arrests.