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December 2, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Judge rules SCCC can evict Occupy Seattle

Occupy Seattle protesters must leave the Seattle Central Community College campus where they've been camping, a Thurston County judge ruled Friday. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Occupy Seattle protesters must leave the Seattle Central Community College campus where they’ve been camping, a Thurston County judge ruled on Friday,

According to Braden Pence, the attorney for the group and one of the protesters, the judge allowed the college to post an eviction notice at the site on Monday, giving the group three days to move before the police are called.

About a month ago the group moved to the college from Westlake Park after several clashes with police.

In making the ruling, the judge cited health and safety risks as a reason for evicting the campers but did not rein in their right to protest.

Under the Washington Administrative Code college campuses must allow protest space, and Pence said that staying overnight – as opposed to occupying the area only in the daytime – is part of the protest. It allows the group to build community, he said.

Mark Taylor-Canfield, spokesman for the group, said the ruling was expected “because all across the country the encampments are being evicted.”

He said the group  is looking for a place to camp in a warehouse, where it may be able to lease the space.

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