19 Occupy Portland protesters arrested at park

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Police and authorities had earlier warned that remaining in the park beyond the 9 p.m. closing time and erecting structures violates park rules and could lead to police action to remove protesters.

But city officials said they shut down the park area at 8:30 p.m., a half hour early, after protesters confronted park workers and prevented them from enforcing park codes.

“The bureau issued the order to close the park after having very aggressive people force (workers) out of the park,” Sgt. Simpson said.

The park is five blocks west of Lownsdale Square, one of the two parks that demonstrators occupied for more than a month until police evicted them Nov. 13. Lownsdale and two adjacent parks that were the site of demonstrations remained fenced Saturday.

On Friday, Mayor Sam Adams told KATU-TV that he won’t allow the protesters to camp at any city park “based on the experience that these encampments become inherently dangerous.” Mr. Adams cited concerns about drug use, violence and safety when he ordered the original encampments shut down last month.

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