Portland mayor calls for eviction of City Hall protesters

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PORTLAND — Portland mayor Charlie Hales has announced a plan to evict protesters from an encampment in front of City Hall that began in 2011 during the Occupy Portland movement.

Hales says crime and litter at the encampment forced his hand.

Protesters reacted with dismay to the news. About 30 protesters, ranging in age from teenagers to people in their 60s, were still gathered in front of City Hall on Monday afternoon.

Seth Ozturgut says he has been staying at the encampment for more than four months. He says he hopes the protest brings the homeless plight to the city's attention.

Ozturgut echoed complaints from several people at the encampment who say that food is readily accessible in Portland, but shelter is not.

The city posted eviction notices on Friday.