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PORTLAND — Occupy Wall Street demonstrations were held in Oregon and throughout the nation Thursday, including a heavily attended peaceful march and rally in downtown Portland.

Late Thursday, Portland Police suspended a ban on overnight camping in two city parks, saying protesters could camp the night at Lownsdale and Chapman Square in Southwest Portland as long as park rules were followed. The Portland Marathon holds a permit to start setting up for the run Sunday starting at 9 a.m.

A crowd estimated by Portland Police of between 5,000 and 6,000 eventually massed over the course of Thursday afternoon. Protesters started massing just after noon at Waterfront Park beneath the Burnside Bridge. At around 2:30 p.m., thousands walked city streets to Pioneer Courthouse Square, which they occupied for about an hour before marching through city streets to two city parks.

“The corporations have taken our futures away from us and we’re just not going to stand by and let that happen,” one protester told KGW.

“We are not the problem,” another man said. “The problems are the bankers on Wall Street that destroyed this economy.”