Mayor Sam Adams - Occupy Portland Eviction Notice:
"I want to make it clear that this action is not an action against the Occupy Portland movement."
"I have said from the beginning that I believe the Occupy movement would have to evolve in order to realize its full potential. "
"Occupy has had considerable time to share its movement’s messages with the public, but has lost control of the camps it created. The cost to the larger community is rapidly increasing."
In the past few days, the balance has tipped: We have experienced two very serious drug overdoses, where individuals required immediate resuscitation in the camp. As has been widely reported, police have arrested a suspect in Tuesday night’s disturbing Molotov cocktail incident. Crime, especially reported assaults, has increased in the area in and around the camps. This is in addition to the health and sanitation issues that the camp’s close quarters have brought about.
"The City will soon temporarily close Lownsdale and Chapman Squares to the public, to put an end to safety, health and crime problems, and to repair the park land. When the City re-opens the parks, the City will enforce all park and criminal laws in the Squares and the sidewalks, and the park land will be available for large, organized speech events by permit."
"At 12:01 am on Sunday, November 13, all persons and property in Lownsdale and Chapman Squares will again be subject to enforcement of all laws including the laws against being in a park after midnight"
"It is my sincere hope that the movement, with its focus on widespread economic inequity, will flourish in its next phase—a phase where we can focus all of our energies on economic and social justice, not on port-a-potties and tents. "
additional info: http://www.samadamsoccupy.blogspot.com/