Police tore down the Occupy Portland protest tent-city camp this weekend, following more health and public safety issues. Democrat Mayor Sam Adams of Portland, Oregon is sympathetic to the whole Occupy Wall Street protest movement, but even he could no longer sit idly by as crime increased 20% since the encampment was erected. In addition to more street crime, including a serial arsonist hiding amongst the protesters, Occupy Portland, like others across the country, has become an unhealthy nuisance. More cases of drug overdoses and an outbreak of head lice forced the city government to take action. Some 50 arrests were made by police as the Occupy Portland tent city was cleared away.
This week marked another increase in violence at many of the Occupy encampments across the country. At Occupy Denver, a scuffle broke out as police removed a food table, resulting in 17 arrests and the need to use tear gas to suppress the angry mob. At Occupy Oakland in California, a shooting death renewed calls for police to take action and disperse the increasing violent crowd. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Occupy demonstrators broke into a car dealership and police arrested 8 suspects. Another incident of a woman being raped at an Occupy encampment occurred in Philadelphia. A second rape victim at New York′s Zuccotti Park was also questioned by authorities.
The arrests at the Occupy Portland protest this weekend as police tore down the encampment numbered at about 50. Like elsewhere across the nation, the tent cities of the Occupy Wall Street movement have become centers for crime and are generally unsanitary. Cases of head lice in Portland, Oregon, tuberculosis in Atlanta and dramatic increases in drug overdoes are just some of the health issues. Violent crimes, including muggings, arson and rape, are also increasing at an alarming rate. Clashes between police and those at the Occupy Oakland and Denver protests are just a sample of a trend occurring nationwide.