Sixteen Occupy Seattle protesters were arrested for trespassing early Saturday morning after they tried to occupy a vacant warehouse on Capitol Hill.
Police say the group left the Occupy Seattle camp on Capitol Hill around 3am and walked to the warehouse—which is scheduled to be demolished—where they hung out for several hours until police moved in around 3 am and arrested them.
Occupy Seattle posted a statement on the incident on its website, saying protesters “sought to restore the warehouse, formerly the Union Cultural Center, to its use as a ‘supportive educational space for teaching.'”
Occupy Seattle is currently looking for a new site for its base camp after a Thurston County Superior Court judge upheld Seattle Central Community College’s efforts to ban Occupy Seattle from its campus.
According to a post on the school’s website, administrators plan to post the no-camping rule on campus as soon as this week. After the school posts the rule, protesters would have 72 hours to get off campus. School administrators have said they want to meet in-person with Occupy protesters before they begin the eviction process.
In other Occupy news that’s come across the cop desk, a man was beaten outside the protest group’s Capitol Hill camp Friday after he apparently set up his own counter-protest.
Around 5:30 pm, the 42-year-old man was standing outside the camp, holding a sign which read “Occupy Somewhere Else, Not My School,” when three to five men in their 20s walked up to him and, police say, “disagreed with his sign.” The suspects threatened to sic a dog on the man, and punched him in the side of head before they fled back into the Occupy camp.
Capitol Hill Seattle also reports the Chase Bank on Broadway, a popular target of vandalism of late, was vandalized again over the weekend.