Occupy Oakland prevented from re-establishing encampments by police
Occupy Oakland protestors have been cleared out and police are on guard to keep them from re-establishing any encampments.
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Olsen, 24, issued his first statement Sunday since leaving a hospital.
"You'll be hearing more from me in the near future and soon enough we'll see you in our streets!" he posted on his Google+ account with a photograph of himself with a neck brace and apparent bruising around his left eye.
Protesters in Portland had been ordered to leave their encampment by midnight Saturday. However, in the hours leading to the deadline, thousands of protesters flooded two blocks of parkland where an Occupy encampment first appeared Oct. 6.
Riot police moved into the Portland camp shortly after noon Sunday, using a loudspeaker to warn that anyone who resisted risked arrest and "may also be subject to chemical agents and impact weapons." Demonstrators chanted "we are a peaceful protest."
Officers used batons to shove a cluster of protesters out of the camp and dragged out those who resisted, including some who were holed up in a makeshift fort made of plywood, pallets, shopping carts and other debris.
A total of 51 protesters were arrested during the Sunday afternoon action.
One man was taken away on a stretcher. He was alert and talking to paramedics and raised a peace sign to fellow protesters, who responded with cheers.
Portland Mayor Sam Adams defended his order to clear the parkland, saying it is his job to enforce the law and keep the peace. Police finished cleaning up the area Monday, and officials reported no major disturbances.
In Vermont, protesters agreed to remove their tents from a Burlington park Sunday in a resolution Police Chief Michael Schirling described as "amicable."
Police and city officials initially agreed to let the protesters stay in the park after a 24-hour protest began but changed their minds after Joshua Pfenning shot himself. Authorities said the tents had to be removed because police could not see what was going on inside.
Officials in Oakland, Burlington and other cities said protesters would be allowed to gather again at the site of their former camps as long as they didn't spend the night.
Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said a strong police presence would remain at the plaza around the clock to make sure protesters didn't roll out tents and sleeping bags again.
The city said Monday that it's spent an estimated $2.4 million on efforts to contain the protest movement in the last month.
Late Monday afternoon, a few hundred people regrouped at the city's main library and marched to the cleared and cleaned plaza. The police chief said they would be allowed to assemble as long as they remained peaceful and did not try to re-establish the encampment.
Shon Kae, who's on the Occupy Oakland media committee, said it was still unclear what demonstrators' next move would be.
"There is no secret plan," Kae said. "We all have to just keep on with the struggle."
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