Occupy protesters move to Millrace

Occupy protesters move to Millrace
Occupy Eugene set up camp briefly in the quad on the University of Oregon campus before striking an agreement with officials to move to an area near the Mill Race.

EUGENE, Ore. -  Members of the Occupy Eugene group picked up their camp late Thursday evening after the University of Oregon asked them to move on.

The protesters had marched to the UO's Memorial Quad earlier that same day.

But after six hours of negotiations, representatives from the University of Oregon and leaders from the Occupy Eugene movement reached agreement on a new location for the movement.

University leaders asked the group to move to Millrace near Franklin and Onyx in Eugene. Leaders of the Occupy Eugene movement agreed to ask its General Assembly to vote on a proposal to relocate to the new area.

After hours of debate, the group leaders said the group decided to head over to the Millrace.

Protesters said they plan to do whatever it takes to get their message across.

"For a lot of the street families, we don't really have anything left to lose," said Sparrow, a Eugene protester. "We are in this for the rest of our lives, however long that may be."

UO said protesters will be allowed to stay at the location along Millrace until 8 a.m. Monday.