The much anticipated face-off between Occupy Portland protestors and the small army of armor-clad police looking to evict them went down this weekend. The results were both everything and nothing like we would have expected.
Since Thursday when Portland Mayor Sam Adams cited crime and safety problems at the Occupy camps and ordered everyone out of Chapman and Lownsdale Square parks, tensions mounted over what would happen at midnight Sunday morning when the mayor's deadline hit.
Instead at 12 a.m., police waited, the protestors counted down and cheered in vctory, and then around 2 a.m. when a lot of folks had gone home, police moved in.
The Oregonian has a video of some scenes below.
Some Occupy folks also put this one together.
Telling the protestors that they risked arrest, "chemical agents" and "impact weapons" police from a baker's dozen different police forces marched into the remaining crowds and either drove people out or arrested them.
Soon nothing was left but the mess.
In all more than 50 people were arrested, including these three youngsters for possession of explosives (fireworks) and pot.
Police say no one was injured.
In all, the operation went off pretty smoothly considering there were hundreds of rowdy protestors seemingly pumping themselves up to square off with police at midnight. But by waiting until after the crowd had thinned out a bit and letting the protestors declare victory, the police appeared to have succeeded in minimizing the fallout.
By Sunday small pockets of protestors had reformed again promising to keep the movement alive. And by Sunday evening several hundred protestors were marching around their old digs.
Occupy Seattle, meanwhile, spent the weekend giving Seattle Central Community College President Paul Killpatrick heartburn as he (and reportedly Attorney General Rob McKenna) brainstorm legal authority to force them out.