One woman says that after spending the night at the Occupy Portland camp, she realized it doesn’t represent what the Occupy movement is all about.
Wendy Hamilton has marched against the big corporate banks, holding a sign that says: “Never got my bailout money!” It’s the Occupy message that she wants to be a part of and is not what she says she found in the Occupy Portland camps.
“They’ve turned a national movement into a national mess here in Portland,” she said Monday as she walked through Chapman and Lownsdale squares, where she camped a couple of nights ago.
“I’ve seen a total of four assaults and that was all in a 24-hour period,” she said. “I saw the assaults with the two by four by the center there with the tower.”
In addition to the violence, she says she also found evidence of illegal drug use, including used heroin needles on the ground.
She says she doesn’t recognize the park anymore, a place she felt safe in just a few weeks ago.
“Now it just seems like it’s a safe haven for a lot of street kids (and) a lot of homeless people that do drugs,” she said. “I’ve seen drugs and alcohol run rampant through here. I don’t feel safe in the parks.”
The mayor wants them gone and now it appears there’s no money left in the till. Might be time to re-occupy their parent’s basements.