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Sun Oct 16, 2016, 02:49 AM

Protest camp sets up outside Portland mayor's house

At least 100 people marched Friday evening to the home of Portland Mayor Charlies Hales, protesting forced evictions earlier this week from City Hall and chanting "Charlie resign now!"

Several of them erected 15 tents near the home -- half on the grass strip between Hales' house and the street, the other half on a grass strip next to the sidewalk bordering Eastmoreland Golf Course across the street.

The march, the makeshift camp and the nearby presence of Portland police officers coming on the heels of Wednesday's raucus clash -- presented a potent mix for a volatile confrontation. But calm prevailed, perhaps propelled by a city staple: steady rain that pelted the scene starting about an hour after the protesters arrived.

Before the rains came, the protesters looked prepared for an extended presence in front of Hales' house. The mayor didn't make an appearance and tweeted later in the night from an event at the Asian Health & Services Center.

Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2016/10/protest_camp_sets_up_outside_p.html

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