Judge says Seattle college can remove "Occupy" camp

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Posted: Dec 02, 2011 8:33 PM
Judge says Seattle college can remove "Occupy" camp

SEATTLE (Reuters) - A judge on Friday ruled that Seattle community college officials can evict anti-Wall Street protesters from campus, rejecting their bid for an injunction against the move, a state assistant attorney general said.

The ruling by a Thurston County Superior Court judge clears the way for school officials to remove the Occupy Seattle activists next week, Assistant Attorney General Dave Stolier told Reuters.

"The judge said (protesters) can't block the rule the college put in place to prohibit camping," Stolier said, referring to Seattle Central Community College.

The decision comes six weeks after demonstrators aligned with the 2-month-old Occupy Wall Street movement against economic inequality and excesses of the U.S. financial system moved their tents onto the college campus.

School trustees voted unanimously on November 23 to pass an emergency rule prohibiting camping at the college, and an attorney for the protesters quickly sought the injunction.

More than 50 Seattle-area Occupy protesters, who also have camped at City Hall and a shopping plaza, have been arrested since early October, some of them blocking traffic.

(Reporting by Nicole Neroulias; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Steve Gorman)