Monday, October 02, 2006

Portlanders Protest Protesting


Portland, Oregon (Nate Smith) -- Protesting has been a longstanding tradition for Oregonians. Portlanders have been protesting ever since Oregon was founded. The first protest in Oregon occurred along the end of the Oregon trail when the very first PETA members were outraged at the excessive hunting of buffalo along the way. The very first protest sign in Oregon said "You have killed 268 pounds of buffalo. You can only carry 100 back to your wagon."

Protesting in Portland has long been a time honored tradition, but now the honor is gone. Protesters have become unruly and a disturbance to the city. Portlanders are sick and tired of protesters interrupting their weekends and clogging their traffic. And now they are ready to get rid of these pesky protesters, using the only method they know--Protesting.

This weekend Portlanders took to the streets to spread their message. The message is, "We don't want people taking to the streets to spread their messages anymore." Anti-Protest Protester Mark Watterson explained his position.

"I'm just sick and tired of these people with their opinions coming out here with their signs and thinking they are going to make a change that way. If you have an opinion, put it on a bumper sticker, where opinions belong. That's how you make change."

Mark went on to say that he is tired of being woken up on Saturday mornings by "shouting nut jobs with nothing better to do." That's why this Saturday he was on the street at 7am to put a stop to it.

The group caused quite a scene as they chanted "1, 2, 3, 4! We don't want to hear you anymore! 5, 6, 7, 8! Stop yelling outside our gate!" They started off small, but then their numbers grew as other Portlanders joined along.

"I'm not sure what their cause is, I just love to protest things," said Carol Berkley, a Portland resident and protesting enthusiast.

Along with loud chants, the angry mob was also equipped with clever signs. One sign read, "I DE-Test your PRO-Test!" Another said, "LA LA LA! We're not listening!" And yet another said, "Make Love not War!" But that one may have snuck in from another protest down the street.

At the end of the day, Mark Watterson feels like they made their point loud and clear. Portlanders aren't going to put up with protesting anymore, and they won't stop protesting until it stops.


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