Portland mayor says demonstrations must evolve

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With two parks outside his office cleared of Occupy Portland demonstrators for the first time in more than five weeks, Mayor Sam Adams has a message for the protesters: Evolve.The Occupy movement is “bigger than camps,” Adams tweeted this week, shortly after officers enforced his eviction order on one of the nation’s largest Occupy encampments. He says he’s deeply distressed to watch the demonstrators be forced to talk more about portable toilets and freedom of speech than their original messages of income inequality, alleged Wall Street cronyism and economic injustice.“I feel frustrated because it really finally has sunk in for me the opportunity that’s about to be lost if this movement doesn’t evolve,” Adams told The Associated Press. “And I know the day after an enforcement of an eviction that I’m probably one of the worst messengers to deliver this message.”Adams ordered police to clear out the Occupy Portland camp because it had become, in his view, unsanitary, unsafe and a haven for people not associated with the movement.But Adams is a staunch supporter of the Occupy message. So his decision to close the camp was made with a great deal of deliberation, and with some sadness.last_img

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