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UPDATE: Occupy Portland Cleared Out

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MSNBC - PORTLAND, Ore. - By late morning, Portland police had taken control of both Chapman and Lownsdale squares, the Oregonian reported. They encountered almost no resistance as they took down tents in both downtown parks.

Livestream video from NBC station KGW showed official removing debris and cleaning the parks.

Hours earlier, defiant crowds swelled to thousands and went toe-to-toe with police after closing Southwest Third Avenue and Madison Street overnight.

Police in riot gear warned them they would be arrested if they didn't clear the street. At 5 a.m. PST, when parks reopened, protesters started clearing the streets, which were reopened to traffic.

Protesters cheered and chanted "this is what victory looks like" after the standoff over the eviction notice, the Oregonian reported.

One protester was arrested and one officer was injured in the largely peaceful confrontation.

Mayor Sam Adams tweeted "Thanks to all who helped open the streets."

Adams had ordered the camp shut down, citing unhealthy conditions and the encampment's attraction of drug users and thieves.

Police numbers shifted throughout the night, but they showed no signs of moving against the protesters.

Around 4 a.m. a line of about 200 police stretched across a street and in front of a federal courthouse.

Protesters put up barricades of pallets, couches and chairs at Southwest Main Street, but they were taken down as the crowd retook the parks.

When crowds thinned, police moved in.

The mood at the parks on Sunday was "peaceful and respectful" after some raucous marching overnight, said City Council member Nick Fish.

"It's almost like the fever broke last night," he said.

Parks Bureau staff will erect fences around the squares Sunday, officially closing them to the public, Fish said.

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Authorities in Oregon have ordered anti-Wall Street protesters to clear a street and sidewalk they were blocking, and the demonstrators are obeying.

Police in Portland instructed the protesters early Sunday to move into one of two adjacent parks where they had set up camp. The crowd began moving toward the park as about 200 officers wearing helmets and carrying batons stood by.

The protesters had ignored a midnight eviction order and even set up makeshift barricades on both ends of another street that runs through their encampment, apparently in an attempt to block traffic from coming through.

Mayor Sam Adams has tweeted that the authorities will be as patient and peaceful as possible.

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