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Portland Occupiers Take to Streets Against Funding Cuts to Social Services (Video)

From Oregon Live

Several hundred people marched Saturday afternoon through the Lloyd District in Northeast Portland for a rally against funding cuts to social and public services.

Though the protest was mostly peaceful, at least 20 people were pepper-sprayed by police, apparently because of the route they were attempting to march along.

The Portland Police Bureau said in a news release Saturday that the event did not have a permit and organizers did not respond to requests about discussing the intent of the march. There was one arrest, and police said they used pepper-spray after demonstrators used wooden shields to directly confront police officers.

Free speech events don’t require a permit, but marches on public streets do require a city permit, the police news release said. Police declined to comment further.

Read more here.

Hat tip to Chuck, Michael and Downtown Denzin

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