Federal police in riot gear dismantled the Occupy camp at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Portland on Thursday, arresting seven activists and detaining two. But the Occupiers vowed to fight on, shifting their encampment to the property next door, which is not federally owned.
Protesters organized by a local anarchist organization, the Democratic Socialists of America, took over part of the grounds on June 17 to protest the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy at the U.S.-Mexican border.
Operations at the facility were suspended eight days ago due to “security concerns.” The ICE blockade subsequently grew into a tent city with “more than 80 tents, four portable toilets, six couches, a commissary and a medic’s office.”
Earlier this week, police began distributing fliers to the Occupiers warning them that the encampment on the ICE property was illegal and violators could be arrested.
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