Thousands of Occupy Portland protesters faced off with police on Sunday after they had failed to heed a midnight deadline from Mayor Sam Adams to evacuate their encampment. By early afternoon, Portland police outfitted in riot gear had surrounded the park while a "general assembly" (or a "huge party") was held by protesters to discuss (or percuss) next moves.
Saturday night was dangerous for occupations in some cities. In Denver, 17 people were arrested and all of Occupy Denver's gear was removed; in Salt Lake City, authorities used a bulldozer to clean up the camp after protesters were evicted. But not in Portland, which had a midnight deadline for eviction! No, in Portland the cops controlled the crowds for a few hours while the people had a party.
Two protestors are reportedly dead following an early-morning army raid on a mass demonstration in Cairo's Tahrir Square, where hundreds of thousands had gathered to call for the prosecution of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and the resignation of army chief Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, the current head of state. The army denied using live ammunition, though, according to The Guardian, "images on social media websites appeared to show spent casings of both blank and live shells." Eyewitnesses said protestors were beaten and taken away in vans; the military, unsurprisingly, doesn't remember it like that:
Some liberals and elected Democrats have asserted that the anti-health care reform town hall protesters are engaged in "astroturfing," a term meaning corporate-sponsored pretend grassroots activity. But Fox has definitively disproved that.