Protesters chain themselves together, continue protest over lack of warm shelters

Protesters chain themselves together, continue protest over lack of warm shelters

Members of Spokane’s homeless population and community activists chained themselves together Saturday in front of City Hall.

The City gave Camp Hope residents, the name of the makeshift camp, notices to move on Thursday, asking them to be off property by Saturday.

Some heeded the warning and packed up, but others chained themselves together to stay put. The 48 hour notices expired at 2:15, but protesters have remained on site.

City Council member Kate Burke was among those chained up to protest. The belief was that the homeless would be removed from the area, but protesters are also angry over the lack of warming shelter access.

“I’m here to support the people and what they are doing, and I think that we as a city need to step up and go in a different direction,” said councilwoman Burke.

Police say they don’t have any plans to remove the protesters for the rest of the day. They say it is up to the City to decide if they want the protesters removed.

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