From the Portland Tribune, May 15, 2008

A three week protest by the homeless in front of Portland City Hall ended abruptly this morning as police moved in.

Just before 6 a.m., two officers began stringing yellow police tape around City Hall while another dozen officers wearing blue protective gloves, began asking protestors to move. Most were given just a couple of minutes to gather their belongings.

There was some shouting, but no visible struggles and no arrests until one protestor refused police orders to get out of the crosswalk. He was quickly handcuffed and put in the back of a squad car. Police identify him as Andrew Newman, 20. He is charged with Interfering with a Police Officer.

Many of the protestors left with their belongings, while a small group yelled at officers from the park across the street.

Some of the protestors say they will go right back to the sidewalk in front of the building as soon as the police tape comes down. Portland Mayor Tom Potter tells KPAM 860 the homeless have a right to protest, but cannot camp on the sidewalk.

Portland Police say they will enforce all applicable laws related to camping and sleeping on the sidewalk.

A cleanup crew spent about an hour picking up garbage and pressure washing.

For the past three weeks, a large number of homeless have been camped out in front of the building, hoping the city would add more shelter beds and relax anti-loitering laws.