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The Livestream of the Occupy Portland march and – gathering? – is hypnotizing, and the chat considerably more than the video.

The crowd does look, from what you can tell, like a more varied group than many of the commenters – a lot of whom have seized on “hippies” as the main perjorative – will willing to accept. There are quite a few people in any event; KGW-TV indicates an estimate of 4,000, and Portland police indicated perhaps 5,000. An Oregonian report said of the waterfront crowd (that being where the group gathered), it might amount to 10,000. Not a small group for mid-weekday.

The number of Livestream viewers, this afternoon, typically ranged around 1,600 to 1,800. (Irony: To watch the stream, you have to play an ad first, paid for by one of several large national corporations.) Most consistent chant: “We … are … the 99 percent.”

Two political figures spotted so far: Portland Mayor Sam Adams (who was there in connection with police management), and congressional candidate Brad Avakian, who was marching. Are there others?

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