The City of Portland told Occupy Portland last week that it could no longer use Directors Park for their General Assemblies. It seemed fair enough, after all this is the same park that a photographer was kicked out of for taking pictures professionally. That issue is dealt with in this post.
Now we learn that Occupy Portland will be allowed to stay in Directors Park. Will the same rule apply to photographers? From the Smirkury:
On Second Thought, City Says Occupy Portland Can (Mostly) Stay at Director Park
POSTED BY DENIS C. THERIAULT ON MON, JUN 18, 2012 AT 10:44 AMLate Friday, word got out that the city had sent a letter to Occupy Portland, asking it to get a permit or move its Sunday general assembly meetings out of downtown’s Director Park—which, apparently, gets pretty hopping with programmed activities during the summer months.
The letter maybe was more indelicate than it needed to be, however. And when the Sunday GA meeting at Director Park was convened last night, the parks bureau official who wrote the letter, security manager Art Hendricks, was on hand to offer an apology and an explanation.Occupy Portland’s GA can stay if it wants to, partly because the thing rarely draws enough people to trigger park rules about too-large crowds, and also because parks rules are actually pretty clear about protecting free-speech right