Note: video is a Oct. 14, 2011 raw interview with Peter Bergel, Director of Oregon PeaceWorks, on the current status of Occupy Salem.
SALEM, Ore. - While the Occupy movement continues in major cities throughout the United States and in some cases has resulted in arrests, in Salem, Oregon, the group there has been compliant and cooperative, according to local law enforcement.
Protesters are camping out at Wilson Park, next to the state capitol. They currently have a permit to be at the park from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Every evening they have been picking up their tents and moving to a YMCA parking lot across the street and then moving back to the park in the morning.
State police are monitoring the situation with the assistance of the Salem Police Department. No arrests have been made at this point.
A march is planned for Saturday and police will have extra patrols on hand. They estimate the largest crowds to be around 70 people during the group's assembly meetings that are held at 7 p.m. each night. A march earlier this week did garner a larger crowd, however.
Another group, the Working Families party, stopped by on Friday and marched over to the Attorney General's office where they asked Kroger to prosecute the banks. The attorney general did not come out to talk to them.
Meanwhile, the Occupy Salem group is keeping their stance and are getting a show of support from some of the folks who are driving by and honking.