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BALTIMORE (AP) — Several protesters and homeless encampment residents have begun to demonstrate against Baltimore’s plan to clear a tent city.

The Baltimore Sun reports demonstrators temporarily blocked traffic Friday afternoon by piling tents, blankets and trash onto a roadway near the encampment. The city announced the camp would be cleared on Friday two weeks ago, citing health concerns and dropping temperatures as motivation.

Mayor’s Office Human Services Director Terry Hickey says the clearing would take several hours. City crews stood by with a garbage truck and other vehicles to clear the site and store belongings for residents.

Up to 40 residents are being offered a place to stay through a transitional housing program.

Around 20 people marched to City Hall at about noon but were not allowed in.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com