Protester cements arm, blocks railroad tracks

Tim Oscar Norgren, 41, faces trespass charges

Tim Oscar Norgren, May 8, 2015 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
Tim Oscar Norgren, May 8, 2015 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A protester has been charged with criminal trespass after police say he blocked railroad tracks in northwest Portland.

Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson says 41-year-old Tim Norgren positioned himself on the tracks Thursday with his arm locked to a large barrel filled with cement.

On Friday, police cut the barrel from Norgren’s arm and booked him into the Multnomah County Jail.

Supporters of Norgren said in a statement that the Stevenson, Washington, man locked himself to a barrel for more than 24 hours to oppose fossil-fuel exports and trade agreements that send jobs overseas.

The protest coincided with President Obama’s visit to Portland to push for a trans-Pacific trade deal.

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