It appears that the police in several major cities on the west coast are now preparing for a forced removal of OWS encampments. Midnight in Portland, Oregon and Oakland, California is set as "zero" hour for the occupants to leave or face forced removal by the police. In the case of Oakland it will be the second removal. The OPDserved its second eviction notice in two days. Earlier today the Occupy Oakland movement held a rally in solidarity with the Egyptian protesters who had occupied Tahrir Square in Cairo. City officials of both Oakland and Portland site the rise in crime in and around the encampments, as well as city ordinances which prohibit overnight camping in city parks. No doubt the message coming from the Oakland Mayor, Jean Quan is perplexing, as she wavers between support of the protesters and enforcing city ordinances.
In related news, Scott Olsen, the Iraq War veteran who was critically injured by a police projectile during the first eviction on October, 25TH was released from Hospital today. Time will tell whether the police will back up their threats or back down. One thing is clear, the people in the Occupy Oakland encampment in Frank Ogawa plaza don't seem to intimidated by the notices. They promise they will come back if evicted.