Occupy Portland: What our Facebook fans are saying

Occupy Portland: What our Facebook fans are saying
An Occupy Portland protester holds up a banner after protesters take over a Wells Fargo bank Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, in Portland, Ore. Occupy Wall Street demonstrators held modestly sized, but energetic rallies around the country Thursday to celebrate two months since the movement’s birth and signal that they aren’t ready to quit yet, despite police raids that have destroyed some of their encampments. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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Our KATU Facebook wall blew up on Thursday with people chiming in on the day's events surrounding Occupy Portland and the movement in general. Here is what folks were saying (note: comments have not been edited):

  • Eric Krueger - It is time to STOP the drums and rhetoric, and to start focusing on issues and what WE are fighting against and for. This is a WAR-a Revolution. A social war, an economic war,a war on information and freedoms and a war against the crooked Governments around the World. It is time to gather the tribes and it is time to stand up and fight back. The police are not our friends people and our Government has been corrupted with greed and lies and cheats. We need to implode the system and start over from scratch---IT'S TIME---AND THE TIME IS NOW !!!!! Eric A Krueger- 2011 ---WAKE UP !!!!!!
  • Carol Weddle - As a 'survivor' of the 1992 Rodney King riots in LA, I have seen first-hand the way the media can fan the flames. When you give so much air time to the protestors, you just encourage them to continue, and make it harder for the Police to do their very difficult job!
  • Chris Hyson - So they protest at a bank. Funny. Last I knew those employees don't make the rules, they just work there. Also blocking access to roads. Well geee..... there goes access to JOBS.
  • Barbara Skelton - I think its time the protesters goes home people need to accept responsibilties for their actions when you make choices that are not good and then you blame others its just wrong to do what they are doing Yes the banks have done wrong and no they are not going to accept what they have done wrong but on the other hand the people getting the home loans new what they were getting into you should always research before getting loans I do not feel sorry for homeless people their are alot of progams out there to give help but inorder to get help you have to ask for it I'm sick of tax dollars b eing wasted on this movement
  • Makenzie Brooke Delenikos - Honestly... This protest needs to end. By acting the way they are and trying to disrupt the business of banks, the protesters are affecting not only local business, but everyone that commutes/works/attends school in Portland. Give the police a break... They have to be on the defense, can you blame them?
  • Robin Anderson - At this point the Occupy movement dosen't represent me. What started out as meaningfull, has deteriated to really annoying. It's time to rethink an effective strategy. At the end of the day what do they what Portland to do for them.
  • Elizabeth Broughton - I believe in the overall message of the protesters that everyone should pay their share of taxes. However, the way Occupy Portland is going about spreading their message is wrong. They are causing our Police to spend countless Overtime for officers to control the crowds and the violent protesters. We are all having economic issues and this is definitely not helping. Write you representatives, sign some petitions, have peaceful demonstrations in areas that won't hurt all the working members of society who are part of the "99%". I would hate to see more cuts to our seniors or areas that are already struggling because of the costs this demonstration is causing. Please be smart about your message and the delivery is all we ask. Enough is enough! This is getting ridiculous!
  • Amy Scott Compton - Got a question...isn't this a law about burning Money? Specifically, this is a violation of Title 18, Section 333 of the United States Code, which says that “whoever mutilates, cuts, disfigures, perforates, unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, Federal Reserve Bank, or Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such item(s) unfit to be reissued, shall be fined not more than $100 or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.” The law is enforced by the Secret Service
  • Frances Flikkema-Sinnema - These protesters are disgusting! I for one am getting sick and tired of the disruption they are causing to all (the 99%) of our lives. Yes, they have a right to be on the sidewalk, Mayor Adams, but who of us want to try to go through this kind of crowd to do our business downtown? They may not be breaking windows but they are causing significant damage by disrupting businesses, employees going to work and consumers scarred to go into this mess.
  • Brian Olson - Occupy portland people are selfish they are taking away medical and police support from other Portland people and they are not all peaceful. They are making us all pay for their march using mine and others taxes I don't remember being ask if I mind throwing my taxes out the window for their movement so I see they are just like the banks they are mad at.
  • Patty Whitman Lane - I'f like to know just exactly how many of the protestors are registered voters and those that are, do they actually vote. Also how many of the occupyiers that can vote, actually do vote. I'd also like to know if those down there occupying Portland, and or whereever, if they actually bank at the banks they are now trying to close down. It would probably shock some down there to know there are those that don't vote and actually have their money in those exact banks and financial institutions.
  • Justin Rogers - The police cause more problems then the protesters!!!!!!!
  • Judy Fowler Lies - Police are doing an exceptional Job at dealing with people who are doing everything in their power to really irritate the horses and police . I don't know if I would show such restraint. a few bad apples in the group are making them have to resort to stronger measures. "guilty by association!"
  • Loren Genn - at what point would the national guard would be called in as re-enforcement to pdx pd to assist with the demonstrators/protest? also what happens if a mounted patrol horse gets injured during these protest actvities? i dont believe anyone has addressed this.
  • Kathy McFall Nolin - I am so tired of this occupy news. Do those idiots NOT know flag etiquette??? The American flag is to be flown upside down ONLY in case of emergency. They need to be flushed out of the city!!!!!