Live Blog: May Day protests
PORTLAND, Ore. - Stay up to date on May Day actions in and around Portland with this live blog. We will also include national story updates as well.
- Background on planned activities in the Portland area
- May Day protest photo gallery - send us your photos
- KATU Facebook page
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6:25 p.m.: W Burnside Street is closed from 2nd to 6th Avenues because of the march.
6:20 p.m.: Police arrested a man for using a felt pen to draw graffiti on a metal electrical box.
6:20 p.m.: KATU's Emily Sinovic reports marchers turned west on Burnside Street.
5:20 p.m.: Marchers stopped for a time at SW 4th and Madison, but continued moving about five minutes later. Expect delays if you're driving in the area.
5:00 p.m.: Protesters with the permitted march are moving through downtown Portland, snarling traffic as they go. They are moving north on Broadway and will then turn east on Burnside and back south of SW 2nd Ave.
4:50 p.m.: After holding a rally in the South Park Blocks, marchers who are part of the permitted May Day march have started moving through the Park Blocks.
2:33 p.m.: KATU Web Producer Shannon Cheesman has been on the ground tracking the protests today. Check out her many photos: http://k2ne.ws/IDhqNw
2:25 p.m.: Protesters have gathered back at Pioneer Courthouse Square. The permitted protest scheduled for 3:30 p.m. is starting at S.W. Stark and Salmon Street. Facebook page for march.
2:21 p.m.: Police: Wells Fargo branch at 37th and S.E. Hawthorne Boulevard reported vandalism to an ATM and the US Bank branch located at 321 S.E. 6th Avenue had a glass door broken today.
2:10 p.m.: Check out this video of vandals on the loose in Seattle. Warning: there is some profanity.
1:52 p.m.: May Day protesters are headed into Pioneer Place Mall.
1:48 p.m.: Portland Police: At this point, an estimated 12 arrests have been made related to charges of interfering with a police officer and disorderly conduct.
1:42 p.m.: If you missed our noon coverage, click on the video tab above to watch it.
1:32 p.m.: Just saw some intense KOMO video of vandalism in progress, fire, smashed windows and more in Seattle. They are live online: http://www.komonews.com/live
1:30 p.m.: Protesters are leaving Chapman Square and heading south on Third Avenue. A police van is nearby.
1:21 p.m.: Bob Heye says 5 arrests at SW 6th and Salmon. KATU.com producer Shannon Cheesman says protesters are now in Chapman Square, site of the original Occupy Portland protest last year. Her photos: http://yfrog.com/nye8gpaj
1:18 p.m.: More details on the Seattle protests. KOMO is updating the story: http://k2ne.ws/IQ4CxR
1:15 p.m.: Protesters are clashing with police in Seattle May Day protests. Looks pretty intense. Watch live video from Seattle: http://www.komonews.com/live
12:55 p.m.: Group heading down Broadway near Salmon, police swarm several protesters. Heavy rain falling.
12:42 p.m.: Group is heading to Pioneer Courthouse Square. At least three arrests so far. Police have moved them onto sidewalks after confrontations. MAX line is stalled due to the crowd. Rain is picking up. Live video: http://k2ne.ws/Il89ow
12:30 p.m.: Bob Heye says at least two people arrested so far. Some of the crowd is very confrontational. Watch an arrest: http://youtu.be/uB-l6lQACsA
12:24 p.m. Marchers are at SW Oak and 5th. Police trying to keep street clear. LIVE VIDEO: http://k2ne.ws/Il89ow
12:21 p.m. Police are using loudspeakers to tell marchers to get out of the street. Lots of police on bikes and horses. At least one person arrested. Protesters chanting "our streets." Excellent live video from the scene from Bob Foster: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/may-day-2012
12:13 p.m.: Police on horseback now in crowd as it moves through downtown. Police telling marchers to stay on sidewalk. Live unedited feed: Profanity warning: we are not controlling what you hear: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/may-day-2012
12:07 p.m. Bob Heye says the Burnside Bridge group "is on the move." Destination unknown at this point. LIVE FEED: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/may-day-2012
12:03 p.m.: Bob Heye at the Burnside Bridge: About 100 people on hand, cops warned marchers who have not shared route with police or gotten a permit to march. Lots of police on bikes. Chief Reese: Police looking into the specifics of situation at home that was "reclaimed" in NE Portland.
12:01 p.m. Patrick Preston in NE Portland: Protesters broke open key holder at woman's home to let her back in, "block party" atmosphere with food, festivities. Police giving them space, staying a block away.
Noon: Watch a live update on the May Day protests now on Channel 2 or online here: http://www.katu.com/news/live
11:56 a.m.: Bob Heye is talking to PPB Chief Reese live now: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/may-day-2012
11:49 a.m.: Police dispatch confirms a glass door was broken this morning at the Bank of America on SW 6th and Oak. KATU crew checking it out.
11:45 a.m.: Police on bikes give protesters gathering under the Burnside Bridge a heads up that they have no permits. Protesters say they know that. A bit of tension in the air. No one arrested. Yet. Photo up top.
11:32 a.m.: KATU Photographer Bob Foster is live-streaming the expected unpermitted protest march scheduled for 12:30 p.m. or so. People are beginning to gather. Watch here.
11:20 a.m.: Protesters have blocked the street outside a home near NE 6th and Bryant where a woman was foreclosed on. They have "moved" the woman back into the home. She says the bank illegally foreclosed on her home. Photo here.
10:51 a.m.: KATU Photographer Mark Plut shot this short video of a protest march in NE Portland. NOTE: There is some profanity on some signs.
10:47 a.m.: From KVAL in Eugene: "Right now we have protesters at a Wells Fargo and the bank is on lockdown."
10:45 a.m.: About 150 people at City Hall now and Mayor Adams just popped out and talked to the crowd. Working to get a quote.
10:37 a.m.: Group of protesters continues to grow at Portland City Hall -- PHOTO
10:11 a.m.: KATU photojournalist Paul Stoos reports that Lincoln High School has been locked down so Lincoln kids will not leave classes to join the kids from Grant who marched there. They are marching around the school peacefully. Next stop for this impromptu march appears to be City Hall.
10:07 a.m.: Valerie Hurst in NE: Police are pretty much escorting the Occupy foreclosure group down the street. The crowd has taken over Dekum Street. She says it's "big crowd."
10 a.m.: We've started a gallery of protest photos and will add to it all day. Got some good protest pictures? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will credit you in the gallery if we use them so be sure to send us your name as well.
9:51 a.m.: Sting nets five "anarchists" FBI says planned to blow up a bridge in Ohio. Read the story.
9:41 a.m.: Student protesters appear to be heading for Lincoln High School in SW Portland. They are being tracked by police. No arrests so far it appears.
9:30 a.m.: Protests have popped up in Northeast Portland at Woodlawn Park where a group plans to occupy a foreclosed home in a "family-friendly" event. Students are also protesting on the Broadway Bridge and at a Portland Public Schools facility in North Portland.
- Video: Group plans to occupy foreclosed home
- Video: Students, supports rally against cuts and closures