Portland police warn May Day demonstrators

Portland police warn May Day demonstrators
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police say demonstrations of free speech are an important part of the community, but violations of the law will not be tolerated during expected protests on May Day.

Police say they believe a group that attempted to re-occupy Chapman Square over the weekend intends civil disobedience on May 1.

One demonstrator who tore down temporary fencing Saturday night and climbed on an elk statue in the park was arrested and charged with trespassing and criminal mischief.

Police say it was the second Occupy-related arrest for the 15-year-old, who was released to his mother.

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