Remember Occupy Portland in 2011?

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by NW Spotlight

Remember when thousands of protesters back in 2011 marched in Portland? Protesters who on the first day marched into Pioneer Courthouse Square chanting “Whose square? Our square!” The protests were joined by labor unions and were held without a permit, even though the City of Portland and the Portland Police Bureau had reached out beforehand and encouraged organizers to please get a permit.

Remember when the protesters set up illegal camps for weeks in downtown Portland? Some of that illegal camping was on federal property. Remember when Obama administration officials, in communication with the White House, told the federal police commander in Portland to stand down regarding Occupy Portland protesters camping illegally on federal property in Portland?

Remember when filmmaker Michael Moore visited the Occupy Portland protests and spoke to them on federal land (Terry Schrunk Plaza)?

Remember when an Occupy Portland protester was arrested for throwing a Molotov cocktail at Portland’s World Trade Center?

Remember when another Occupy Portland protester was arrested for meth possession and carrying a concealed weapon (knife)?

Remember when police arrested 51 people in one day while clearing the parks? The illegal camping in the parks was ended due to “unhealthy conditions and the encampment’s attraction of drug users and thieves,” according to then Portland Mayor Sam Adams.

Remember when police arrested two Occupy Portland protesters who had “camouflage clothing with a gun, sword and walkie-talkies?” The two were doing reconnaissance for a planned demonstration at the Port of Portland.


Occupy Portland – Oct 2011 (Oregon Catalyst)

UPDATE – Reminder: Portland estimated it was going to cost $86K to repair the parks after the Occupy protesters were forced out. In 2011, the Oregonian reported “For 38 days, the city chose not to prosecute protesters for violating the city’s no-camping ordinance,” and that “Occupyers believe that claiming public spaces is a crucial component of their protest.” (h/t Les Poole)

  • Eric Blair

    Remember how many of those protestors threatened violence if they were removed?

    Remember the high percentage of protestors that were actually armed?

    Remember the concern and understanding from the conservative community and their refusal to call for the immediate arrest of the protestors?

    Remember how those involved in earlier protests stood down the police by threatening the police and pointed loaded weapons at them?

    Remember how two of the Wall Street protestors went on to kill a Nevada Police officer? No, not just kill, execute.

    • thevillageidiot

      illegal is illegal. doesn’t matter if armed or not. “kill a Nevada Police officer? No, not just kill, execute.”
      are you referring to this?
      or was there another incident? Are you implying there were not “crazies” in the occupy movement?

      • 3H

        Yep, that’s what I’m referencing. Nope, not implying that at all. Just a little tit-for-tat since the original article mentioned a couple of meth heads and that they were armed.

        Illegal is illegal, but the justice system does manage to make note of severity. Otherwise everyone would get the death penalty in Texas.

        Should we have a countdown? Give the militants in Malheur the same number of days that Occupy got, before they are disbanded and arrested?

    • Bill Post

      I do remember “Occupy Scio” which was a GREAT success!

      • thevillageidiot

        Didn’t you cover that story? 🙂

    • Bagwhine with thee

      Bawdy Mary we well remember, EB Shillgrim.

    • HBguy

      And remember how they demanded that the city give all city owned property to their supporters?

    • Connie Kosuda

      how many Portland protestors WERE armed, Eric???

      were there loaded weapons (guns/ rifles) lying all about In Portland???

      did the protestors stalk and harass the neighbors???

      did they take down a fence?

      did they threaten to use women and children as human shields if any attempt was made to arrest them?

      read the Domestic Terrorism Statute in its entirety.

      the goons in Malheur fit the bill.

      it really is time to arrest them.

      by the way, it’s not especially effective to shut off all utilities (which I do support) if the wannabes stay in hotels overnight. I call that dedication!

  • Ron Glynn

    Remember them wallowing in their own filth, including feces and urine.

    • peredroid


    • DavidAppell

      I doubt George Washington’s men at Valley Forge ran home as soon as they needed a bathroom.

      • Ron Glynn

        So, American Soldiers equal Occupy squatters. Interesting outlook.

        • DavidAppell

          Not what I wrote. If you want to be an insurgent, be prepared to give up some of your creature comforts, without whining about it.

          • Please Pipe in the Sweepers

            Again and again, road apple decorum from Penelope’s Unicornum lands ingloriously all along charade route.

  • DavidAppell

    A lousy attempt at an equivalency.