David Krough / KGW.com News & Eric Stewart / via 911 Truth Action – 2006-10-09 00:06:59
Arrests Made after anti-Bush Protest in Downtown Portland
David Krough / KGW.com News
• See the Video here (unless it has been removed from the website)
PORTLAND (October 6, 2006) — Police made several arrests in the streets of downtown Portland Thursday afternoon after an anti-Bush rally began spilling into traffic. The protesters had gathered downtown Portland on Thursday to call for what they called a regime change in the United States.
Police began lining streets near SW 12th and Jefferson around 3 p.m. Cathe Kent of Portland Police said a splinter group of about 50 broke off from the protest, running south from the Park Blocks. Police said they thought the group was going to try and stop traffic on the I-405 freeway.
The group that had a permit for the gathering, said they hoped to be out of the way by rush hour. But police on bicycles and on horseback lined the streets in the late afternoon.
As officers were making one arrest, someone in the group swung at the officer, Kent said. Officers sprayed a chemical agent after the group surged toward police and backup was called for, according to Kent.
In all, 10 people were arrested for disorderly conduct and failing to obey police, according to Kent.
Protesters told KGW they were upset with the direction the Bush administration is taking the country.
“We’re not able to control everybody, and people are free to do what they want. But as far as the organizers go, this is intended to be a free peaceful expression of what needs to happen in our country,” Jim Oberg of the World Can’t Wait organization said.
The protest was a part of several taking place around the nation Thursday.
The Associated Press and kgw.com Reporter Drew Mikkelsen contributed to this report.
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Vicious Attacks on Anti-Bush
Demonstrators in Portland
Eric Stewart / via 911 Truth Action
• Note:For Stewart’s complete report, click on the lints to his blogspot.
PORTLAND (October 8, 2006 ) — Anyone who doubts that police would initiate a riot simply hasn’t seen it happen, as have I, so don’t even try to convince me otherwise. See June 1, 1997: “My Introduction to Teargas.”
I have been to many protests, witnessed countless acts of police brutality, but none compare to what I saw today. Bean bag guns, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and billy clubs; all of them used to attack peaceful protestors.
Friends of mine were trampled by horses, beaten by billy clubs, and peppersprayed severely. All in a disgusting display of extreme police brutality. My hands are still shaking and my eye still hurts from pepper spray so I will try to write this as best as I can… [read more.]
From the open publishing newswire: This is sick… World Can’t Wait in Portland, you are disgusting individuals. I’m honestly still in awe about how people fighting to stop bush could be that backstabbing, that fascist, and I’m sorry, I can’t write anymore about this, I am entirely too upset. [read more.]
From the open publishing newswire: It is standard operating procedure for the media to dutifully repeat the claims of the police. Remember that “bottle” in the 2002 Bush protest.
Sure, no one actually threw one but the media repeated it for weeks, and never offered a correction nor an apology when the video footage from protesters and police alike contradicted their “reports”. I just hope their were some good videographers out today and that we’ll see a new round of lawsuits against the city. [read more.]
• Riot WCW Congratulates Police
• Police Horses Trample Girls
• Arrest Updates: [ 1 2 3 report from an arrestee ]
• Interfering with Jail Support: [ Channel 6 Sgt. Davis ]
• RRR: Observations Audio: Rally and Outside
• Oregonian Pics: Cops Shooting People
• Corpo Media Colloboration: [ KOIN Oregonian ]
• NWCRC: Press Release
• Call the Mayor
Blogger Note: Click here to watch video of calm bystanders being pepper sprayed. When deep down you know what you are doing is wrong but you have made a committment to doing it anyway, there is a tendency to want to make witnesses go away. Check it out.
(October 7, 2006) — There is no time for me to blog this. Someone needs to extract this video before it is taken down. The press recorded EXPLICIT coverage of UNPROVOKED attacks on BYSTANDERS at anti-war protests in Portland by POLICE.
Eric Stewart’s bio — Since June 1, 1997 I have been an activist of sorts, both on the web and in the field. June 1, 1997 marked my introduction to the nonlethal form of coercion called teargas. That is a long story so I will save it.
By late 1998, I would be starting my first mailing lists, via the web, and it was my first headlong venture into the cybersphere and I have returned to it repeatedly over the years, taking breaks that would last from a month to two years at a time. That is where IN THE FIELD comes in. There’s a whole lot more where this came from.