PORTLAND -- Complaints about the protest outside Portland City Hall are mounting. Some refer to clutter and garbage, while others claim people are drinking alcohol, smoking pot, and even having sex in public.
Even Cameron Whitten, the protester on a hunger strike for homeless rights, admits it's a little out of control at times.
"You see a lot of things in a downtown plaza area, whether it's people with mental illness or people who might have different ideas about what an Occupy movement looks like," Whitten said.
Mayor Sam Adams has been unusually silent on this issue. His office didn't return calls to KGW. At City Hall, the mayor's assistant would only speak off-camera, but said protesters will be ordered to leave for a few hours Monday while crews power wash the sidewalk area.
Photos: Protesters camped at City Hall
And the mayor's office put out a new flier warning protesters to get rid of personal property and garbage or face arrest.
"We're getting a little cluttered, I agree with that," said a homeless protester named Angel who came from California.
Cameron Whitten's hunger strike has been overshadowed by the controversy. He's been on the sidewalk outside City Hall for 42 days and is trying to get the city to stop fighting an organized homeless camp called Right to Dream 2 at NW 4th Avenue and Burnside Street.
"They are putting fines against Right to Dream 2; they have to pay over $2,000 a month and it doubles every month," he said.
Whitten has lost more than 30 pounds so far, but says fighting for Portland's homeless is worth the sacrifice.
While Mayor Adams isn't talking about anyone camped in front of City Hall, Whitten vows to keep the focus on the needs of the homeless, even if he's forced into a jail cell.