The hapless human debris was cleared out of Portland parks today, yet, the nitwits remain defiant to the end.
The pre-dawn confrontation that Occupy Portland protesters were preparing for this weekend unfolded instead in daylight hours Sunday, after throngs of supporters had gone home to sleep and bleary-eyed campers were caught unaware.
But even as Portland Police successfully cleared the two downtown parks, the evictions sparked an hours-long standoff as protesters spilled into the streets. And the cooperative, communicative spirit that marked much of city leaders’ dealings with the movement appeared to crack as police shoved campers out of the parks, some campers called officers “Nazis” and other protesters proposed occupying other parks.
“We will not back down, even in the face of force by the Portland Police department,” said Max Brewer, a 22-year-old protester. “We are standing here to exercise our First Amendment right to peacefully assemble. … It’s a statement just by standing here.”
You’ve come a long way in life, kid. Yes, just standing there you’re making a statement.
Others are also having trouble coming to grips with reality.
Hundreds of onlookers have joined protesters at Southwest Main Street and Fourth Avenue. Among them is Phillips Teterss, 52, of Milwaukie and his Pomeranian, Katie. “I came down here to check it out — not because it’s a circus; it’s reality,” he said. “It’s sad that they — the 1 percent — don’t realize where our world is heading. I think they’re money-grubbing, savage people.”
Sure. We’ve witnessed weeks of dangerous, criminal behavior, but it’s those evil money-grubbers who are the savages.
At least someone in Portland’s got a sense of humor.
As protesters shouted, “The whole world is watching!” onlooker Gene Gallun, 63, yelled back, “The whole world is laughing.” Gallun, who said he is a Republican, said the event should help his party gain votes. “The world will see what the left is like,” he said.