ASHLAND, Ore. – Tonight’s Festival of Light was briefly interrupted by a protest sign blasting holiday consumerism, just as Santa was addressing the crowd.
The sign was unfurled from the roof of Alex’s, just as Santa was making his appearance on the balcony. Many who saw it say it wasn’t visible until the switch was flipped and the lights turned on.
Once it appeared, it got a reaction from the crowd before it was quickly taken down.
But many, including the owner of Alex’s, still don’t know how it got up there.
“There’s other places and other buildings that are connected where somebody could get up on the roof and do something,” said Alex’s owner Charles Tobey. “But it’s nothing we had anything to do with or support.”
Ashland police say two people were seen displaying the sign, but they were able to escape on foot and slip away into the crowd.
They say the sign itself isn’t illegal. The two responsible could be charged with trespassing, but police say that would amount to a slap on the wrist and it isn’t worthwhile to investigate.