The plaza is filled with more than a dozen tents as the protesters move back into the plaza. Last Thursday around a dozen protesters moved into the plaza after a judge ruled their eviction in January was unconstitutional.
The group said it now has around seventy people sleeping in Free Speech Plaza each night. It has no intentions of leaving the downtown site, but does have its eyes on some other sites throughout town.
“Expect satellite camps maybe in your neighborhood, but they will be peaceful,” said Peter Grotticelli, SLEEPS protester. Another protester said these people are in the plaza to raise awareness to the fact that many people don’t have a place to live. “The right to sleep is a fundamental human right and so I’m glad that there’s a safe place that those who are effected by that right not being respected can now be heard,” said Alley Valkyrie.
In January SLEEPS began camping in Free Speech Plaza but was evicted after less than a day on the grounds.
Across the street from Free Speech Plaza a few protesters set up tents on another piece of county property.
KEZI 9 News reached out to Lane County to see if it had a plan of action, but no one returned our calls.