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Man comes down from roof after demolition protest at SE Portland home

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26-year-old protester after he came down from the roof. 26-year-old protester after he came down from the roof.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Officers from the Portland Police Bureau were on the scene at a home in southeast Portland where a man has climbed out onto the roof to protest the property’s demolition.

PPB spokesperson Pete Simpson confirmed to Fox 12 that officers at the home on 3423 SE Hawthorne Boulevard were talking with the man from upstairs windows, negotiating with him to come inside.

The 26-year-old protester, whose name is not yet known, could be seen tethered to a tree next to the house. Witnesses at the house told Fox 12 that the man climbed the tree and onto the roof Thursday around 10:00 a.m.

According to officials at the Bureau of Development services, the property owners plan to redevelop the lot as a five-story, 30-unit apartment complex. An application for permits was filed in August and is still under review.

Crews at the property have started to tear down part of a back porch of the house.

Crowds have also gathered at the sight of the protest, with some chanting, "We want a community center, not a condo!" Three protesters on the ground were detained by police

Around 9:30 p.m. the protester came down from the roof. He told FOX 12 that he is just coming down for the night and he asked for more people to come out on Friday to save the home.

Police said the man will not be arrested, per the property owner's request.

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