Days before what they are billing as the biggest anti-tar-sands rally ever in the Northeast, environmental activists gathered first at Portland City Hall and then outside of the Portland Pipe Line Corporation headquarters in South Portland this morning.
At City Hall, mayor Michael Brennan and city councilor Dave Marshall spoke in support fo a new Environmental Performance Policy that would make the city "tar-sands free" by directing city manager Mark Rees "not to purchase any oil-based fuels from refineries that process tar sands."
Wired has the story of a man we first heard tell of from local anarchist Paul McCarrier after the G-20 protests: a man who used Twitter to communicate and help protestors rally against an organization he believes is a threat to human rights.
No, this isn't those Twitter-fueled Iran protests, which the State Department famously asked Twitter to delay site maintenance to support.
Yesterday in the late afternoon and evening, a march was broken up by police with tear gas and sound cannons (see below). Some of the marchers regrouped and kept going; they were met by police firing rubber bullets and tear gas and beating marchers with batons, according to direct on-the-ground information we have, corroborated by press releases and published reports.
G-20 protestors have been tear gassed by police, according to Paul McCarrier, who was among the marchers in a parade slated for today. The march started around 3:15 and by 3:20, the police had tear gassed the crowd.
They have also deployed a sound weapon, McCarrier reports.
Riot police have been a heavy presence throughout Pittsburghall week, even showing up in force at a community picnic in a local park.
More as we know more.