PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -Police arrested about 30 anti-Wall Street protesters in Portland early Sunday, dragging and carrying them to waiting vans, after they refused to leave a park in an affluent district.
The arrests came after protesters from the Occupy Portland movement marched to the Pearl District, with some saying they viewed its residents as part of the wealthy demographic they’re protesting.
Hundreds gathered in Jamison Square Saturday evening to defy a midnight curfew to vacate.
As police moved in around 2 a.m. most of the protesters backed off, but a core group of 27 to 30 people sat in a circle in the park and awaited arrest.
An Associated Press photographer said most of the protesters went limp and police carried or dragged them away. There was no violence during the arrests, which took about 90 minutes.
The protesters–all appearing to be in their 20s and 30s with many were wearing Halloween-style face paint–were handcuffed before they were place in police vans and driven off.
“We are the 99 percent,” one arrestee continued to chant.
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