Homeless protesters move back to Butterfly Lot

Homeless campers have returned to the Butterfly Lot after claiming they were tricked into moving out of the lot and into a temporary camp along Highway 99.

Posted: Nov 12, 2018 8:30 AM
Updated: Oct 14, 2019 6:44 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Homeless campers are beginning to return to the Butterfly Lot after claiming they were tricked into moving out of downtown and into a temporary camp set up along Highway 99.

The campers' public display of protest is against a proposed curfew for the Butterfly Lot. County officials want to implement a curfew between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

"For me, the location at the 99 camp was to be exclusively run by me with us as a cumulative as self-governed and obviously they either were just tricking us to begin with to get us out," said Eric Jackson, the man leading the protest camp.

Campers said they want more services for the unhoused population. 

On Nov. 6, Lane County Commissioners declared the situation an emergency and the first reading of the proposed ordinance, setting the curfew, was on the agenda.

At last check it was scheduled for a public hearing and second reading on Nov. 27. 

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