Whoville SLEEPS Protesters Evicted From River Road Location
Whoville, an offshoot of the SLEEPS (Safe Legal Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep) protesters, have been occupying the corner of River Road and Northwest Expressway for approximately one week with an around-the-clock camping protest.
SLEEPS protesters were evicted Wednesday, Sept. 4 from the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza at the Lane County Public Service Building, located at 125 E. 8th Ave. in Eugene. That eviction resulted in one arrest and three citations for criminal trespass. SLEEPS supporters do not anticipate any arrests during the River Road move-out, and they also moved a number of protesters to a campsite at the old Federal Building at 7th and Pearl in Eugene.
Earlier Saturday, Whoville SLEEPS protesters were told by Eugene Police officers that it was time to vacate the location, and are giving campers until the end of the weekend to remove their belongings. Tin Man, a Whoville SLEEPS protester, believes this most recent eviction stems from complaints to the county from the Adult Shop located behind the protest.
SLEEPS spokesperson Alley Valkyrie told Lane Today that she believes the eviction is due to the county owning the land. Valkyrie also said that the evicted Whoville protesters plan on moving to two new locations.
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