PORTLAND, Ore. – Gas masks are selling well at military surplus stores as the deadline for Occupy Portland protesters to clear Lownsdale and Chapman Squares approaches.
Mayor Sam Adams said protesters must clear the downtown camp by 12:01 a.m. Sunday. Many have been living there since Oct. 6.
Jay Pekelder sells military supplies at Andy and Bax in Southeast Portland. He told KATU News Saturday that gas masks have been flying off the shelves in the last two days and that several customers were specifically concerned about tear gas.
“They would ask me if it stopped tear gas,” said Pekelder. “I got asked that two or three times last night.”
There are signs posted in the Occupy Portland camp that explain how people can protect themselves from tear gas.
Pekelder said the store hasn’t sold this many gas masks since Halloween.
“We’ve sold out of at least three types in the last month or so.”