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Third Day of Demonstrations at State Capitol State Park Ends Without Arrests
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
Chris Havel Oregon Parks & Recreation Department
(503) 931-2590

Demonstrators occupying State Capitol State Park in Salem, Oregon agreed to move their camp out of the park late Wednesday night. A dozen tents had been set up in violation of park rules since Monday night. The park is open 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. daily.
The Oregon State Police issued a verbal warning to the group Monday night, followed by a written reminder of the rules Tuesday night. Shortly after 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, the Oregon State Police notified the group and their lead organizer Michelle Darr that continuing to stay would lead to their arrest, and a revocation of their permit to use the park during the day. The group moved their equipment out of the park about an hour later, and is expected to return when the park reopens in the morning to continue their demonstration.
The group’s permit to use the park during the day remains in effect, and will continue to be valid as long as they respect the same park rules followed by all demonstration groups who use the site.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department extends its appreciation to the Oregon State Police and Salem Police Departments for their professionalism, and to the demonstrators for their cooperation and respect for other park visitors.