Around 2:30 yesterday, a bomb was thrown from a car into Wilson Park which is now occupied by several demonstrators. The bomb apparently was thrown into an area where there were no people. No one was hurt but it did cause a stir among the Occupy Salem group. At this time no one has come forward to claim responsibility for the blast and no arrests have been made. Update: According to an article in the Statesman Journal the explosive device thrown at Wilson Park was investigated by police. No evidence of an explosive device was found. Link : http://www.statesmanjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011111025026
(Author's note: The above link contains erroneous information. See the following link for more info: http://open.salon.com/blog/ira_white/2011/10/31/the_bomb_blast_that_was-the_reporting_that_wasnt
The explosion comes at a time when the Wilson Park Supervisor has been clashing with #Occupy Salem over their permit to allow the growing occupation space at the park. The group has been working with officials to get an extension on the permit hoping to prevent situations such as have recently occurred at Occupy Oakland and Occupy Sacramento in California.
The Park Supervisor will not allow tents to be in the park after 10:00 pm and has made protestors tear down their tents each night except for the medical tent and kitchen tent. The consensus is that officials will let the current permit run out and then find a reason not to issue another. Supporters have been asked to call Governor Kitzhaber to express support for an extended permit. The number is 503-378-4582. In addition, there will be a rally in support of the occupation and continuing the permit at Wilson Park next to the Capitol building this Saturday at noon.
In other news, Governor Kitzhaber visited Wilson Park on Tuesday, Oct. 25. No details of his discussions with #Occupy Salem members have been released. A short video of a portion of the visit can be found here: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid956243495001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAACbuWTFk~,Rp6uUd8XxbCbDqp6OYIF2QhggzMIfWfa&bctid=1239376669001