Occupy Portland sleepover protests camping ban
PORTLAND, Ore. The Occupy Portland group rallied on Sunday in an effort to end a camping ban in the city that they say negatively affects the homeless population.
Several protesters slept in sleeping bags on the concrete outside City Hall overnight. No arrests were reported Monday morning. The rally started at Terry Schrunk Plaza before moving to City Hall.
“People have to live somewhere,” one protester, who only wanted to be identified as ‘Matt,’ said on Sunday. “It’s not pretty that we have a homeless problem but we have to do something about it and just ignoring it and trying to shove it Air Max under the rug isn’t helping anybo Air Max dy.”
Protesters KATU News talked to on Sunday said they weren’t planning on bringing tents just tarps and sleeping Air Max bags. A police spokesman said officers may let that slide, as long as there were no structures.
Current city ordinances do not allow sitting or laying down in the first 8 feet of a sidewalk. Businesses have complained that people sleeping downtown keeps them from doing their job and keeps away tourists.
The sleeping protesters were technically following the law, based on where they were sleeping and because they Air Max were not using any tents, although one tent was set up at the site of the protest.