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December 9, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Occupy protesters packing up, clearing out of Capitol Hill encampment

Tonii, who declined to give his full name, said he did not know where he would spend Friday night. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

More than 100 campers who have been living at Seattle Central Community College were breaking camp Friday. It wasn’t clear — even to them — where they are headed.

A college board voted just before Thanksgiving to evict the protesters, who have been on campus since Oct. 29. The deadline to leave was noon Friday.

The protesters said they wanted to leave the campus cleaner than they found it, so they were raking straw off the grass and filling Dumpsters to overflowing with trash, pallets, old mattresses and bedding.

About noon, members of Occupy’s legal team circulated the camp with clergy members to persuade people to pack up and clean up.

“People were saying, ‘Hey, it’s past time and we’re expecting a raid,'” said William Irwin, 60, who is retired and homeless. As he folded tent poles, he said he would stay with the group.

In the run-up to the deadline this week, social service agencies toured the camp to offer help to campers who have no place else to live. Some members of the encampment planned to try to stay on campus, and the movement has approached local churches to ask for help.

The encampment is planning a 24-hour “teach-in” and vigil overnight Friday in the camp’s education tent. Sessions are being taught by Seattle Central instructors on topics such as civil disobedience and the occupy movement.

At a meeting with The Seattle Times earlier this week, protester Carol Isaac said members of the movement who have homes are worried about the protesters who don’t.

“If you can get somebody to transport the Kalakala onto dry land, we’ll pay the dollar and we’ll move there.”

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