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Protesters disrupt Senate proceedings on minimum wage in Salem

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As lawmakers debated minimum wage, protesters gathered outside, demanding more be done to ease Oregon's housing crisis. The demonstration eventually spilled inside and became disruptive.

Protesters in Salem started by building a tent city on the steps of the Capitol. They held a rally demanding solutions for renters, low-wage workers and the homeless.

As lawmakers were debating minimum wage, a few protesters stormed in, shouting and unrolling a banner.

Senate President Peter Courtney brought proceedings to a halt and had a trooper remove the protesters.

Protesters also held a sit-in outside the office of the Governor.

The demonstrators are calling for rent control measures, a statewide minimum wage of $15, a moratorium on no-cause evictions, and an end to the sweeps on homeless camps being done by ODOT and police.

"People are being evicted from their homes and pushed out on the streets. People who are already out on the streets are facing sweeps by ODOT, they get their stuff taken away from them. As well as the fact that working people don't make enough to get by to afford the massive rent hikes that are taking place," said protester Justin Norton-Kertson.

The city of Portland and the city of Eugene have both declared a housing state of emergency. 

Demonstrators want Governor Brown to do the same for the entire state.

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