Occupy Out of Federal Building Plaza

EUGENE, Ore. — A deadline comes and goes and protestors wait and wonder.

The Occupy Eugene permit to stand in the Federal Building plaza came to an end at 3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.

Occupy Eugene had a permit for 72 days.

Emily Semple, a Eugene resident and member of Occupy Eugene came prepared to face the consequences on Wednesday.

“At 3 p.m. today we are no longer welcome or allowed to be here and we should have ourselves and our belongings gone,” said Semple.

Homeland Security issued the final warning around 4 p.m.

The tents and signs slowly came down and protestors backed away to the sidewalk, but Semple stood strong.

After hours of negotiations, Semple was arrested just after 7 p.m.

However, she was only in police custody for about 20 minutes.

Semple says it was everything she expected.

“We worked hard both within occupiers to make this a peaceful event for its ending. We worked with Homeland Security for the same reasons, so it was everything we expected,” said Semple.

Semple was cited a Class C misdemeanor. Failure to comply with a federal police officer.

She will attend court for her citation on September 13. She could face 30 days in jail and a fine of more than $2,000.

As for where Occupy goes from here?

“We are still occupying and still talking. Stay tuned,” said Semple.

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