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17 arrested in Occupy Eugene protests

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Between 200 and 300 Occupy Eugene protesters demonstrated at various banks downtown on Thursday.

Officers arrested a total of 17 people, including one juvenile, police said.

In preparation for the marches, the Eugene Police Department (EPD) met with Occupy Eugene organizers and bank representatives to increase safety for protesters, bank clients and employees and police responders.

The department learned that some protesters might be planning to engage in non-violent civil disobedience.

So, the department made plans for facilitating arrests in the safest and most humane way possible, police said.

In light of the group's prior history of peaceful protests, EPD did not plan for extra patrols, but did use staffing contingency plans as the protest progressed and required additional police resources.

The marches began at about 12:30 p.m. with groups moving between five banks in the downtown area.

Protesters blocked driveways into the banks, sat in doorways and sometimes blocked bank patrons from going in or out.

Protesters used a U-lock on the front door of one bank, police said.

Most of the protesters cleared out by 5 p.m.

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