PORTLAND -- Four people were arrested Wednesday evening during a downtown rally by Occupy Portland activists.
The event marked the first anniversary of the uprising in Egypt that eventually brought down Hosni Mubarak.
Up to 100 activists gathered and marched throughout the evening, shadowed by a large police presence that included police on bikes, horseback and in riot gear. At one point, an officer was scratched and spat upon, said Lt. Robert King.
He said the situation became tense as marchers grew increasingly hostile and would not get out of the streets. The activists did not have a parade permit.
Marcher Jace Turner said the police created the tension.
"I don't think they need to show up that aggressively," he said. "The number is insignificant. It's how they respond, the energy that they use, and the discipline they use in responding."
The arrests were for several charges, including disorderly conduct, assaulting a police officer and interfering with a police officer, King said.
Activist Aryn Nolasco told KGW that any tension Wednesday evening was brought on by an unnecessary and heavy police presence, a contrast to earlier police efforts to leave marchers alone.
Olivia Rodriguez was one of those arrested and said she was hurt by police as they placed her in a patrol car.
"I guess one of them didn't realize that my leg was still outside of the car," she told KGW, "and they closed the door on my leg, my knee, and I've got photographs of that."
One marcher tried to climb atop a KGW NewsChannel 8 van but was pulled back by other Occupy Portland activists.