Occupy Portland Appears To Be Over

After a conflict with the city, it looks like Occupy Portland has come to an end:

Occupy Portland encampments were nearly empty on Sunday as protesters packed up and left after warnings by city officials that they would be evicted over the weekend.

Fewer than a dozen tents remained at two downtown parks where protesters have camped since early October as part of the nationwide Occupy Wall street movement against alleged economic injustice.

City officials said they planned to put up fences around the two Portland parks to close them to protesters on Sunday afternoon.

“The parks are going to be closed to the public effective when the Portland Police Bureau feels that it can be done in a peaceful and successful way,” Mayor Sam Adams said at a Sunday morning news conference.

The mayor had put the protesters on notice on Thursday that they would be evicted “on or after” 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

Since then, many protesters have taken down tents and removed their belongings.

I would expect this to happen more and more in other cities as authorities start to crack down in the face of public health threats and violence. If this movement is going to become something, it will have to move to the next stage, whatever that may be.

H/T: Jazz Shaw

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed for too young in July 2021.

Comments

  1. G.A.Phillips says:

    If this movement is going to become something, it will have to move to the next stage, whatever that may be.

    Occupy the basement and hit the dislike symbol? (Snickers)…..

    Or perhaps get jobs and a life’s?

    The world needs ditch diggers too, Just ask Obama……LOLZZZZ!!!!!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good riddens, maybe they will go get a job.

  3. Herb says:

    @G.A.Phillips: Too easy…

    “If this movement is going to become something, it will have to move to the next stage, whatever that may be.”

    Here’s a suggestion for the movement….start over. The way it is right now, the “next stage” is inevitably going to be marginalization followed by obsolescence.

  4. G.A.Phillips says:

    Here’s a suggestion for the movement….start over. The way it is right now, the “next stage” is inevitably going to be marginalization followed by obsolescence.

    The model for this is the Madison protest, but they go after politicians with recalls and the such now. I think it is a bunch sore loser, cry baby, miss use of the recall laws, but they have evolved.
    Sum pond scum I fear just don’t make it to shore.

  5. Herb says:

    @G.A.Phillips: Whatever you think of the merits of the recall efforts, there is a crucial difference between those people and the OWS people.

    The recall folks are organized, and their actions are dedicated to attaining their goals. The OWS folks , on the other hand, are not organized and so far, none of their actions has a prayer of ever attaining their goals.

  6. G.A.Phillips says:

    The recall folks are organized, and their actions are dedicated to attaining their goals. The OWS folks , on the other hand, are not organized and so far, none of their actions has a prayer of ever attaining their goals.

    That’s what I was saying, unclearly.

    It is modeled after Madison with much of the same tactics and players but stuck in phase one.

    Perhaps they have at last found their utopia and are content in doing this.I mean people keep feeding and clothing them:)

  7. reid says:

    You won this round, Mataconis, curse you!

  8. ponce says:

    Reports of Occupy Portland’s demise seem to be premature:

    http://www.katu.com/news/local/133775078.html

    Quantity, not quality, Doug?

  9. CB says:

    @Anonymous:

    uhh…that’s the whole point of the movement, no?

  10. Delmar says:

    The “Occupiers” have been consumed by their own greed and self indulgence.