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October 24, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Occupy Seattle votes to move base to SCCC

Occupy Seattle protesters on Monday night voted to move their operational base to Seattle Central Community College. The group plans a tent ceremony Saturday and plans to camp there overnight.

But protesters will continue “occupying” Westlake Park during the day, they said.

After days of debating the issue, the group’s “general assembly” mustered enough votes Monday night to support the move, according to a livestream broadcast of the protest.

A majority of protesters supported the move last week, but under complicated rules governing the assemblies, the move needed a four-fifths majority vote to pass.

“We don’t have any permits. We’re just moving there,” said one of the reporters handling the livestream coverage.

Many protesters feel moving to the college will attract more students and lessen tensions with city police and park rangers. Camping in city parks is banned, and dozens of protesters have been arrested over the last three weeks.

A group of hard-core protesters didn’t want to give up the 24-hour occupation of Westlake, saying it is the financial center of Seattle.

The protest — which targets the power of corporations in politics, among other issues — is now in its fourth week. A contingent of protesters has been camping overnight at City Hall Plaza, which is permitted.  A spokesman for Mayor Mike McGinn said about 30 people have been camping there.

Occupy Seattle protesters also plan a sit-in at a major bank downtown at noon on Saturday.

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