From KATU.com, May 15, 2008

CAPTURE VIDEO

Portland police removed homeless protesters who have been sitting in front of Portland’s City Hall building Thursday morning. One man was arrested for not getting out of the street.

The sweep of protesters began about 6:30 a.m. after police issued a warning earlier saying the protesters were in violation of a no-camping city ordinance. A large group of officers were on hand for the confrontation, but only one person was arrested.

The protesters, most of them homeless, are upset about the ordinance and other city laws they say violate their civil rights.

Many had been camped out in front of the City Hall building for up to three weeks.

On Wednesday, Portland mayor Tom Potter warned protesters they were in violation of the law and that officers would break up the group, but the deadline for such action was flexible.

Some of the protesters left the area while others congregated across the street. City crews arrived with power-washing equipment shortly after the protesters left the sidewalk area.

Following cleanup of the area, it will be technically legal for the protesters to take their spots on the sidewalk again, which may lead police to clear them again according to current city statutes.

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From KATU.com, May 13, 2008


Protesters who have been lining the streets outside of City Hall say they are not leaving until the city meets their demands.

A closed-door meeting on Tuesday between Mayor Tom Potter and some of the homeless protesters who have gathered outside over the past few weeks seemed only to inflame emotions.

The protesters say they want the right to camp on public property. Other issues include changing the rules so that when a homeless person goes to a local shelter they can be with their spouse or even their pet, like a dog, rather than being separated.

Potter says changing those rules is a priority but that the camping out needs to end because it is a sanitation and safety issue. He says the protesters need to get a permit and that the city has the right to regulate the time, manner and place of their protest.

The protesters, who do not appear to be backing down, say they have a couple of plans, one of which is a secret. The other one involves moving their gear to another location and coming back with signs.

From KATU, May 13, 2008
Protesters who have been lining the streets outside of City Hall say they are not leaving until the city meets their demands.

A closed-door meeting on Tuesday between Mayor Tom Potter and some of the homeless protesters who have gathered outside over the past few weeks seemed only to inflame emotions.

The protesters say they want the right to camp on public property. Other issues include changing the rules so that when a homeless person goes to a local shelter they can be with their spouse or even their pet, like a dog, rather than being separated.

Potter says changing those rules is a priority but that the camping out needs to end because it is a sanitation and safety issue. He says the protesters need to get a permit and that the city has the right to regulate the time, manner and place of their protest.

The protesters, who do not appear to be backing down, say they have a couple of plans, one of which is a secret. The other one involves moving their gear to another location and coming back with signs.