Police, protesters plan for May Day rallies

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on April 30, 2012 at 11:57 AM

PORTLAND -- While Occupy Portland protesters planned for several rallies Tuesday, police told KGW they were as prepared as they've ever been for a May Day march.

May Day has long been International Workers' Right Day, and has been celebrated by labor and immigrants' rights group. This year the Occupy movement is joining the demonstrations.

Background: Thousands rally on May Day in Portland

Occupy Portland has listed several May Day events on its website, starting with a student strike at Portland Public Schools Headquarters at 7:30 a.m. A "Land Liberation and Space Reclamation" was scheduled to start in Woodlawn Park at 9 a.m.

A May Day General Strike rally was scheduled at 11:30 in the 100 block of W Burnside, followed by a march the group called "An unpermitted event, 'Friendly to otherwise unfriendly tactics.'”

The group claimed a march planned in the South Park Blocks later in the day would be "'family-friendly,' permitted and legal," but police said Sunday no permits had been filed.

Portland police expected to meet and finalize their specific plans Monday, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson.

He said bike and horse patrols would be out and extra officers would be standing by. He also said police were working with business owners to ensure protesters could not occupy any buildings.

More: Occupy Portland protesters hold rally and March

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