PORTLAND -- The Occupy Portland movement will regroup after losing its signature protest platform, downtown Lownsdale and Chapman Square parks, over the weekend, according to Portland State University sociology professor Randy Blazak.
The Portland offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street national movement will get a second wind, he said in an appearance on the KGW Sunrise show Monday morning.
It's a movement that's so connected to a space, he said. Still, he predicts that the movement will reappear, revived, later this week, as organizers have suggested.
There are ebbs and flows in any movement, he said. This one will be back.
Blazak faulted the Occupy movement for not selling their message better. While the public hears the costs to cities nationwide of dealing with the movement, Occupy has not captured the sympathy of mainstream America to the cost of hundreds of billions mismanaged by banks.
It's more than just walking around the streets and looking for a place to camp, he said.
The professor also watched much of the confrontation over the weekend between activists and police.
Blazak said he was under the impression that while Mayor Sam Adams and Chief Michael Reese worked to clear the parks, they never had a goal of destroying the movement. He did say the city erred slightly in using riot police to forcefully roust out the last of the protesters out Chapman park.
The ill-will created by that can be repaired.
Blazak also made note of the lack of violence over the weekend, compared with the rioting at Occupy Oakland.
Political movements, whether left or right, liberal or conservative, develop an us versus them mentality, the people versus the establishment, he said.
Portland police and Occupy Portland were able to create a just an us mentality, he said. We're all members of the same community.
The Portland police are not a military unit, he said. While they look intimidating in their riot gear, they are a municipal police force made up of citizens who live within the community, Blazak said.
That message has been lost in Oakland, he said.