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Eugene Homeless Camp Broken Up In Free Speech Plaza

AP | Sept. 5, 2013 7:56 a.m. | Eugene, Oregon

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A three-week-old camp-in protest at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza in downtown Eugene was broken up Wednesday after Lane County commissioners enacted an emergency closure of the plaza.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports the Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 on the emergency closure. Protesters were given until Wednesday afternoon to clear out the camp. Four individuals later refused to leave and were cited for trespassing by Eugene police.

Officials say the closure will be used to clean all of the areas and work on further restrictions.

The group behind the makeshift campsite, Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep, or SLEEPS, is protesting the lack of legal camping areas for homeless people in Eugene.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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