WHEN LEGION OF TERROR

STORMTROOPERS ATTACK!

Step 1: The pack cautiously approaches the herd.

Protesters gather near a police line as they clear the streets around an event attended by President Bush in downtown, Portland, Ore., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002. (AP Photo/Brian Hendrickson)


Step 2: The pack selects a victim to separate from the herd.

Protesters shout as police clear the streets near a hotel where President Bush was attending a fund-raiser for U.S. Sen Gordon Smith in downtown Portland, Ore., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002. Riot police fired pepper spray at hundreds of protesters and struck some with batons after ordering them to move. (AP Photo/John Gress)


Step 3: The pack surrounds the victim and takes her down.

Riot police grab a protester as they clear the streets around an event attended by President Bush in downtown Portland, Ore. on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002. Police used pepper spray to clear hundreds of protesters away from an area near a hotel where Bush was holding a fund-raiser. (AP Photo/John Gress)

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SUPERVILLAINS IN PORTLAND

On August 22, President Evil 2's Henchman attacked American civilians in Portland, Oregon, who were gathered to protest his foreign policy (bombing poverty-stricken villagers in the Middle East), environmental initiatives (cutting down trees to protect them from forest fires), and his master plan to invade Iraq. The armor-clad minions of terror assaulted their victims with clubs, doused them with pepper spray, and shot them with rubber bullets. The Arch-Supervillain was in Portland to raise money to keep local warlord Gordon Smith in power.

 

Associated Press and Reuters Photos:

Protesters wash pepper spray off as police clear the streets around an event attended by President Bush in downtown, Portland, Ore., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002. (AP Photo/Brian Hendrickson)
A police officer wearing riot gear helps clear protesters from a street in downtown Portland, Ore., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002. Riot police fired pepper spray at hundreds of protesters and struck some with batons on Thursday after ordering them to move from an area near a hotel where President Bush was holding a fund-raiser. Protesters hammered on the hoods of police cars as pepper spray wafted through the air. (AP Photo/Brian Hendrickson)
Protesters are hit with pepper spray and rubber bullets as police clear the streets around an event featuring President Bush, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, in downtown, Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Steve Slocum)
Protesters are doused with pepper spray as police clear the streets around an event President Bush was attending in downtown Portland, Ore., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002. (AP Photo/John Gress)
Bystanders try to leave the Heathman Hotel as protesters (not shown) are hit with pepper spray and rubber bullets as police clear the streets around an event featuring President Bush, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, in downtown, Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Steve Slocum)
A protester is moved by police in riot gear as they clear the streets around an event featuring President Bush, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, in downtown, Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Brian Hendrickson)
U.S. President George W. Bush speaks to donors at a fundraiser for Oregon's incumbent Republican Senator Gordon Smith in Portland August 22, 2002. President Bush said earlier on Thursday that conditions were right for U.S. economic growth, but conceded hurdles lay ahead. "We're making progress on the economic front, after all, the conditions are right for growth -- inflation's low, interest rates are low, productivity is up, consumer spending is strong," Bush said after touring areas devastated by wildfires. "We've got the ingredients for growth. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Associated Press Article:

Portland, Oregon, police use pepper spray on protesters at Bush events

Fri Aug 23,12:01 AM ET

By TYPHANNY TUCKER, Associated Press Writer

PORTLAND, Ore. - Riot police fired pepper spray at hundreds of protesters and struck some with batons Thursday after ordering them to move from an area near a hotel where President Bush attended a fund-raiser.

Protesters hammered on the hoods of police cars as pepper spray wafted through the air. Earlier in the day, several hundred demonstrators marched toward the Hilton Hotel after Bush's arrival there.

Protesting Bush's foreign policy, they chanted "Drop Bush, Not Bombs."

Demonstrators at one point began to disperse, but many returned.

Supporters of Bush in formal attire were jostled and taunted by protesters as they arrived for a fund-raiser for the re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith. After elbowing through the demonstrators, the VIPs were checked by Secret Service agents before they were allowed inside the hotel.

Police ordered about 500 protesters to move from a barricaded area. Riot police wearing helmets then walked into the area, pushing activists with their batons. Some activists fell. Police then fired aerosol canisters of pepper spray at the protesters.

"We've have had a number of items thrown at our officers over the past few hours," police spokesman Brian Schmautz said.

Police also used pepper spray after about 150 demonstrators blocked vehicle access to Morrison Bridge.

Three protesters were arrested through the afternoon, police spokesman Henry Groepper said.

One police officer injured her wrist when protesters pushed a barricade she was standing near, Groepper said. Two patrol cars were damaged.

Many of the protesters criticized a new forest initiative announced earlier in the day by Bush that would make it easier for timber companies to cut wood from fire-prone national forests.

"My concern is that he has absolutely no morals about protecting our environment," said Joanne Marron, a teacher with a master's degree in ecology.

"The new policy is classic doublespeak," said Kenneth Kreuschu, 24, also from Cascadia Forest Alliance. "It has been shown time and again that more cutting leads to more fire. The new policy is a hoax."

Some of the activists were worried about a possible war with Iraq.

"I don't think any American boys' lives are worth a barrel of oil," said Rob Moitoza, 57, who carried a sign that said: "Vets Against Bush."

Moitoza said he served two years in the Navy aboard an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War and fears a much worse conflict if U.S. troops are sent to Iraq.

"If he (Bush) starts a war against Iraq, it will be to get re-elected. All he cares about is wealth and power," Moitoza said.

(Original Yahoo! News Story)


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