|BLOCKING MAIN STREET|
Today is the Portland Marathon. But one year ago, Occupy Portland had taken over the parks for which the Marathon had permits to use.
Though the City had barricaded Main Street to accommodate the Marathon, Occupy Portland hijacked the blockades and kept the road closed for seven more days.
General Assemblies (Mic check!) were held in the middle of Main street to keep it populated. And the City let them block the traffic for buses, cars and the law abiding.
|Parody of Marathon Map by Dalight Disinfectant|
One of the most amusing moments of covering this debacle was when I tried to drive my car past the barricade. Women, CHILDREN and the usual rabble wouldn't open the barricade. I sat for several light cycles with nary a honk behind me as I continued demanding they let me through.
Finally, a woman came closer to my window and asked, "Do you know you're blocking traffic?" I laughed, went home, and called the cops.