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Occupy Salem Organizers Hope to Maintain Vigil

Activists are told they can't camp in the public area by the state capitol, and Oregon's governor has not stepped up to offer relief.

Occupy Salem
Photos and video by Jerry Freeman

(SALEM, Ore.) - Occupy Salem is underway and the number of activists who have moved into Wilson Park, adjacent to the Oregon state capital, is growing.

Michele Darr

Also growing are the potential problems the group is facing trying to maintain their public demonstration.

While Occupy Portland activists insist on keeping a street blocked in relation to their event, and Occupy Seattle protesters block the entrance to an area bank, the Salem activists are low key and amiable.

But that didn't stop Oregon State Police from informing the group that if there were any tent stakes in the ground "in one hour" they would come back and not ask people to leave, but that they would be arrested.

One noted local activist, Michele Darr, has been rallying for peace for years and this latest effort has the broadest support any such event has ever seen.

Darr set up a spot and also fasted during the start of the Iraq war.

State Police troopers actually arrested her at one point, but she won that battle and continued to make her statement against war and for peace for a long time.

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Dilligas October 19, 2011 7:35 pm (Pacific time)

No permit to camp overnight, Is the Kitchen approved by the County Health Department? Is the Park Parks, State Police, County Health, doing there jobs are just supporting the "1/2 percenters"?

Anonymous October 15, 2011 10:13 pm (Pacific time)

Why do you call them scumbags? Have met with them, talked with them, heard their grievances? Do you disagree with their right to free speech and to peaceably assemble? Do you know that the most common concern is the influence and power the multinational corporations and the financial industry have on our government? The power should be with the people. We are the 99%

October 13, 2011 1:01 pm (Pacific time)

There should only be one standard for all. My prayers are the police remove them and put them in transport to Venezuela, deported permnanently. Loser scumbags, all of them.

Anonymous October 13, 2011 1:20 pm (Pacific time)

These scumbags, go get a job and get off the marijuana. You are a disgrace to this Country.

Editor: In your last post you are rooting for Israel, tells us everything we need to know.  Use your name in the future or I will flush your words like turds. 

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