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Occupy Salem Organizers Hope to Maintain VigilJerry Freeman Salem-News.com
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.
(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.
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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