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Occupy Eugene Cleans Foreclosed Home

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EUGENE, Ore. — Occupy Eugene found a new spot in town to keep its mission alive and some Eugene residents are already concerned.

A foreclosed home on the 1100 block of Lawrence Street is the new location for Occupy Eugene starting Friday night.

They say it’s not going to be a village, like what was seen at Washington-Jefferson Park, but they plan to camp there indefinitely.

The group was out there earlier cleaning up the outside of the vacant home.

Activists, along with neighbors say it’s been a magnet for homeless people, garbage and violence for the past two years.

“We are using this as an example to try and tell the community that ‘hey, we’re trying to help you and stop illegal foreclosures.’ There could be many of them in the community, here in Lane County,” said Occupy member Reid Kimball.

“I really don’t know how they are going to keep the criminal element away from this. They were unsuccessful when there was more of them at Washington-Jefferson Bridge,” said neighbor Nadine Powell.

The group told KEZI they plan to keep only about three to four people at the site after Friday night.

There are signs on the front door that read ‘no trespassing’ and a note stating the home is up for auction in October.

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