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PORTLAND -- Seven people were arrested after a protest led to a scuffle inside a Portland post office Tuesday, police said.

A group called Portland Communities and Postal Workers United sent out a statement before the protest, saying in part, We protest the privatization of the public postal service.

Click to read the flyer the group sent out

In the statement, the group said a direct action to stop privatization would take place mid-week, in the afternoon, but did not say exactly when or where.

Police were called to a disturbance just before 1 a.m. Tuesday on the third floor of Portland's main post office, at 715 NW Hoyt Street.

Postal service employees told police that the protesters were attempting to enter a secure area and were told to leave when a scuffle broke out between a postal inspector and one of the protesters, said Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Officers arrested seven of the protesters for second-degree criminal trespassing.


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