On Tuesday, Mar. 9, the City of Eugene attempted yet another sweep of an unhoused camp, this one along the north bank of the Willamette River near the Ferry Street Bridge. The city was met by a crowd of around 50 to 60 people, who had organized an early morning action in hopes that they might prevent the city from clearing the camp, in accordance to CDC guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic.
With help from a squad of EPD officers, the City managed to keep the activists at bay for several hours while officers and parks and recreation employees threw the campers’ belongings onto a trailer and hauled them away.
Eventually, mutual aid groups were allowed into the camp to assist with the cleanup – but only on the condition that protesters clear the area and, presumably, stop yelling at the police.
James Croxton reported live from the scene that morning, while John Adair snapped these photos.