Portland Police Pepperspray Peaceful Protesters

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Several hundred protesters in Portland, Oregon, marched on Saturday against austerity cuts to social and public services. Though the protest was “mostly peaceful,” police pepper-sprayed at least 20 people including several high school teens, reports The Oregonian. Portland Police explained that demonstrators did not have a permit, and police used pepper-spray after protesters “used wooden shields to directly confront police officers.” One year ago, Portland police arrested 50 protesters protesters as authorities cleared out Occupy Portland’s peaceful encampment.