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Large homeless protest at Sacramento City Hall

Latest homeless rights protest at Sacramento City Hall

Homeless rights activists continue protest outside Sacramento City Hall.
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Homeless rights activists continue protest outside Sacramento City Hall.

More than 60 homeless rights activists descended on Sacramento City Hall before Tuesday’s night City Council meeting as an ongoing protest over the city’s anti-camping laws reached seven weeks.

The activists want the city to repeal its ban on urban camping, saying the law violates the human rights of the homeless. But city officials have showed no signs of agreeing, arguing the ban is a safeguard of public health.

A small group of protesters from the local Black Lives Matter movement joined the protest Tuesday. Many of those who attended the protest appeared to be newcomers to what has been an increasingly tense issue at City Hall.

The protesters chanted, “No justice, no peace. All we want is sleep.” Others chanted, “We demand a right to rest.” A half-dozen police officers watched, but no arrests were made.

Last week, the City Council ended its meeting early after some protesters spoke out during the meeting. Some of the activists refused to leave City Hall for more than an hour after the City Council Chambers were cleared.

Ryan Lillis: 916-321-1085, @Ryan_Lillis

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