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December 16, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Occupy Seattle protesters booted from vacant house

Five Occupy Seattle members could face criminal charges after police say they were squatting inside a vacant house near Seattle University.

On Wednesday afternoon, police received a 911 call about a person entering a vacant and boarded up house in the 1200 block of East Jefferson Street. Officers arrived and found a rear door handle of the house unlocked.  While  officers waited for backup, that door was locked and five people walked out of the front door house with their hands raised, according to Seattle police.

All five people identified themselves with the “Occupy Seattle” movement.

Inside the house police found a new door lock/deadbolt in a box. When officers brought the box out of the house, one of the five said that it was theirs and that they planned to change the locks at the home, police said.

Officers were unsuccessful reaching the property owner.

The five people were questioned and released. Officers sent request for trespassing charges to the Seattle City Attorney’s Office, said police spokesman Jeff Kappel.

According to a recent story by Associated Press writer Manuel Valdes Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in Seattle, Portland and Oakland have taken a new tack: Squatting in vacant properties.

In Seattle, protesters took over a boarded up duplex across the street from Garfield High School. They have painted the bare wood sidings with green, black and red paint, and they have strung up a banner that says “Occupy Everything – No Banks No Landlords.”

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