PORTLAND, Ore. – Police arrested two men Saturday night during a march through downtown Portland.
The march began at 7:00 p.m. at Director’s Park and wound its way through downtown and through the Pioneer Place Mall, police said.
The crowd went into the street and began chanting at SW 3rd Avenue and Oak Street. Officers tried to get everyone back onto the sidewalk and arrested two men.
Jonathan Michael Zook, 45, and Eric Neil Bowen, 33, were arrested for disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer and resisting arrest, according to Sergeant Pete Simpson.
Marchers told KATU News they were hoping to raise awareness about a controversial piece of legislation called the National Defense Authorization Act.
“They can lock you up indefinitely without allowing you to contact a lawyer, without charge, without trial, without evidence,” said protester Nick Marquez. “The way they worded the bill is that it doesn’t require that it applies to U.S. citizens. It’s strictly a judgment call.”
Police said marchers did not obtain a permit or share their route with police.
“We’re not out here to cause trouble. We just want to spread awareness of what’s really going on in this country,” said Marquez.