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City Hall Press conference re. anti-war protests and alleged terrorist threats: Katz, Kroeker, and Giusto Spout More of the Same

From the open publishing newswire: Katz, Kroeker, and Giusto, among other officials of the Portland's 'civilian' leadership, today expressed more of the same commerce minded rhetoric we've come to expect. Absent an amusing session of musical chairs amongst the three wisemongers, today's three-o'clock press conference contained little in the way of dramatic policy shifts.

Portland Police Chief Mark Kroeker expressed concerns that commerce not be stopped in Portland as children start dying in Iraq; the people of Portland are encouraged, however, to express their constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech in more polite fashions. Chief Kroeker also expressed a willingness to entertain last minute requests for parade permits, should splinter groups wish to discuss their plans with the Portland Police Bureau.

Multnomah County Sheriff Bernie Giusto, responding to a duly seated, mainstream reporter's question regarding the lack of teeth in stepped up police presence and political prescience in prosecuting the righteous war of commerce continuance upon protesters in Portland, answered that resources and beds had already been set aside within his domain for those who wish to ignore the dire warnings of wrath and mayhem to befall any lawbreakers in the City of Roses. In other words, actual criminals have been released in order that beds be made available to jail radical anti-war protestors, should they fail to immediately obey any and all authoritarian dictators. [ Read More... ]

Early Report: City Hall News conference
From the open publishing newswire: Just in from City Hall.

4:02 PM- I have just returned to my humble adobe from the mayors news conference at city hall. I arrived a little late, and the first speaker I heard was Chief Kroeker. He was talking about "Operation Safe City" which would envolve regular police officers on extended shifts. He emphasized that the citizens right to freedom of speech would be protected, but that police would act to prevent the destruction of private property. He also emphasized that "No acts of hatred" would be tolerated, and that he was coordinating with leaders of the Muslim community so that police would be ready to respond against hate crimes against Muslims. As far as reporting suspicious behavior, Chief Kroeker, suggested... [ Read More ]

Police Bureau Policy on Antiwar Protests
Presented below is the full text of the Portland Police Bureau policy regarding the forthcoming protests planned for after the start of the war on Iraq. The policy was distributed at this afternoon's press conference at City Hall. [ Read More... ]

Original annoucement: Mayor and Police Chief holding press conference at 3:00 about Day of War
this just in...

3:00 p.m., City Hall, Tuesday, March 18:
Mayor Vera "they're not bullets, they're pellets" Katz and Police Chief Mark "give 'em medals when they shoot minorities" Kroeker will be holding a press conference today to discuss the city government's possible responses when the attack on Iraq begins and we rise up and take the streets in protest (as is our right to do).

c'mon and down and ask 'em questions! that's why they're doing this, right? to share information? as residents we have the right to know anything. of course, maybe there'll just be some brief statement and no questions 'cept from the corporate media, but it might be interesting to see. [ Read More... ]

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