From KEX, May 12, 2008

The protest will continue, but the campout is over

The group of homeless people had been camping out in front of the Portland City Hall for three weeks. But after meeting with Portland Mayor Tom Potter, the homeless decided to disband their camp Tuesday night, before they were forced out by police. Potter says as the camp grew to over a hundred people, safety and sanitation issues arose. He says he’s still willing to work out a plan allowing the group to protest, but they can’t live on the sidewalk. The group’s leader Arthur Rios, says they want the city to suspend it’s sit-lie and anti-camping ordinances so that people can sleep in public legally. Potter says he doesn’t support that, and is working to get the homeless into shelters. Many of the homeless have refused the housing however, saying it’s unsanitary and unsafe.