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Sunday
Dec042011

Occupy Camp Death in Texas, Arrests in Oregon

Scott Eells/Bloomberg/Getty Images(DENTON, Texas) -- A man’s body was found overnight Saturday in one of the tents at the Occupy encampment at the University of North Texas in Denton, about 30 miles north of Dallas.

Occupy members immediately recognized him, not as a student or a protester, but as a homeless and drug-addicted man who’d been taken in by the group and given food and shelter. Police are investigating the death, but say they don’t suspect foul play.

Many on campus are now calling for an end to the encampment. Some are posting angry notes on the school's newspaper site, demanding that Occupy Denton be shut down; others are expressing condolences on the group’s Facebook page.

Occupy Denton says the death is a chance to highlight the plight of the homeless.

Meanwhile, in Portland, Ore., several Occupy protesters were arrested Saturday night after defying police orders to leave a park, despite police warnings that overnight camping would not be tolerated.

Protesters tried to hold their ground as police moved into the park, but police with riot gear started pushing them back. There was a lot of pushing and shoving, and finally protesters decided to move a few blocks away to city hall, where they began a march back through downtown Portland.

Police took down tents Occupy protestors put up earlier on Saturday. Protesters have now headed back to the original park block where they were kicked out of last night, but they do not appear to be setting up tents once again.

Protesters were chased out of two other city parks two weeks ago.

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