PORTLAND -- "Occupy Portland" activists Monday moved back into Chapman Square, behind City Hall, where they said they would stay indefinitely.
Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said the city would allow them to stay for the time being. "As long as it's peaceful," Simpson said, "as long as we're getting cooperation from representatives, it seems as though it may continue for awhile."
Monday Morning, Police told protest organizers that Main Street, which runs between the two parks and has been barricated closed, needed to be re-opened by the end of the day. Police also told protesters that Mayor Adams had only authorized overnight camping at Chapman Park and that tents pitched in Lownsdale Park needed to be removed.
However, by early Monday evening, even more tents had been pitched in Lownsdale Park, and protesters had reinforced barricades blocking Main Street with wooden palettes.
Protesters planned a 7 p.m. summit on Monday to discuss next steps for Occupy Portland.
What started as a march last Thursday resembled an encampment in the heart of downtown by Monday.
Portland Mayor Sam Adams initially bent the rules against overnight stays in city parks, saying the protesters would be allowed to camp overnight in Chapman Square, something the city ordinance does not allow. By Monday, Occupy Portland had set up medical, food and supply tents. Some had even plugged in to an electric car charging station near the parks.
The thousands who turned out for Thursday's protest have dwindled to a few hunders campers. Those camping at the parks have not said when they all plan to move out. Police have not yet set a deadline, either.
There were concerns over the weekend that the protest would get in the way of the Portland Marathon, but no major problems were reported.
Portland Marathon spokeswoman Katie Edlin said protesters and marathon organizers worked well together and some of the protesters volunteered for the marathon.
A statement released on the Occupy Portland website over the weekend touted the cooperation, reading, "We are excited about cooperation with the Portland Marathon Committee to make this a great experience for all involved."
There were no reports of disruptions during the race or clashes between marathon participants and protesters.