Officials clear homeless camp at Bellingham City Hall

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The city of Bellingham has mostly cleared a camp outside City Hall where people without permanent shelter had set up tents and were living since mid-November to protest the lack of housing in the area. The Bellingham Herald reports police from multiple agencies arrived Thursday morning and dozens of protesters and campers packed belongings into vehicles. Protesters chanted, “We protect people, you protect property.” Although residents were given until this Friday to move, Mayor Seth Fleetwood said the city took emergency action on Thursday in response to credible sources saying agitators “more intent on mayhem than working toward any social good” were being called to the site on Friday.