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Portland Mayor Boots Occupy

4:40 PM, Nov 10, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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One Molotov cocktail was enough for Portland mayor Sam Adams to boot the Occupy mob from his city, Oregonlive.com reports:

At a press conference at City Hall, Adams, standing with Chief Mike Reese and City Commissioner Nick Fish, cited the rise in  crime around the encampments in ordering demonstrators out of the squares.

He said Terry Schrunk Plaza, a federal park, will be cleared as well. 

"Crime, especially reported assaults, has increased in the area," he said. "Occupy has had a considerable time to share its movement's message with the public but has lost control of the camps it has created."

It's pretty clear that the liberal Democratic mayor is just doing the logical thing to keep his city safe.  

Stephen Schwartz, specifically referring to Occupy Oakland, describes the mob as "a crowd outburst."

Occupy Oakland—like Occupy Wall Street and its precursors in London and Athens—represents a crowd outburst, not a revolutionary uprising. The Occupy movement reflects the consciousness of those who feel “cheated” by the system rather than an agenda for social or political reform. It’s true that such incoherent outbursts sometimes evolve, after the passage of years, into substantial social movements. But all the evidence points to the uproar in Oakland on November 2 as a dead end, rather than a new beginning, in the history of the radical left and its labor allies.

Whole thing here.

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