The “leaderless” Occupy Portland leaders now tell us they never wanted this. They did not want the collection of street punks, gutter snipes, tweakers, kaffiyeh clad anarchists at their political circus in downtown Portland.
The Mayor’s inability to finesse the Occupiers out created instant civic problems. The Portland Marathon needed the park and street where Adams had let the Occupiers squat.
Now crime has taken hold.
- A black videographer was verbally assaulted by Occupiers calling him racist names. The VIDEOGRAPHER was arrested for showing the thugs his licensed gun.
- A registered sex offender lists Occupy as his home and the encampment has 10-20 children living there.
- Marijuana smoke is everywhere.
- There’s a shooting gallery inside somewhere judging by the cars full of sketched out kids spilling out only to come back ten minutes later as serene as a nun at vespers.
If you’re worried about second hand smoke and its effects on your health, don’t go to Occupy Portland. Big Tobacco is encamped here, too.
The only Commissioner cranky about the Occupiers is Nick Fish, the Parks Commissioner, who asked that
Occupiers be removed soon because they were hurting the trees, grass and bushes of the park. Ropes lashed onto trees support the Gilligan’s Isle-like latticed wall made of twigs and vines. One of these walls shelters the spiritual “Sacred Place” which includes anti Semitic signs.
Occupy Portland has done more damage to the City than mere rope burns on trees. It has dispirited law abiding Portlanders who see that if you’re part of the Mayor’s base you are treated differently under the law. If you doubt this, play the, “If this were the Tea Party” game.
Regardless, Occupy Portland was over when it lost its moral moorings. It ended when City had to prop it up. Whether they know it or not, in its current form, Occupy Portland is over.