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Police praise Occupy protesters

Anti-corporate march largely peaceful, police say

Police praised Occupy Portland protesters after the end of Wednesday's downtown march, saying the event was less confrontational than in the past.

In an evening statement, police said:

We appreciate the majority of demonstrators at the march were extremely cooperative and maintained a positive tone of civil disobedience. Today Occuoy Portland and the Portland Police Bureau worked together to ensure a safe and mostly peaceful march for all.

According to police, seven protesters were arrested during the event, which began with an 11:30 a.m. rally in Tom McCall Waterfront Park and included a march through downtown. They included two arrested for vandalizing a vehicle and three in a bank tower. The names of those arrested and the charges against them will be announced later, police said.

The protest was called against what organizers call corporate greed. Dubbed F29, it was coordinated with similar protests in other cities across the country.