Crews from Eugene’s Parks and Open Spaces Department tore down much of the Occupy camp in Washington-Jefferson Park.
Crews threw tents, clothes, and essentially the building blocks of the camp into the dumpster.
Many there thought they had until Dec. 26 to clear out, but Eugene police say their time to clean the site out was after the city council voted to revoke the camping exemption.
Occupy protesters were busy packing up Thursday morning, but at noon many were shocked to find crews were clearing the space out.
“I say if we have today to get out, we should have until tomorrow to clean it up,” said protester Adam Smith.
“Nobody from the city has said you have to be out by such and such time. We’re not drawing a definitive line in the sand because we know it’s going to take time,” said Rich Stronach with the Eugene Police Department.
Police say as long as they see people packing up and moving out of there, they won’t make any arrests.
Several social service representatives visited the camp, including White Bird Clinic and Lookingglass Services.
It’s all part of the city’s peaceful transitional plan.