Monday, October 17, 2011

BREAKING "Police remove Occupy Seattle tents from Westlake Park"

KING5 News:
Posted on October 17, 2011 at 7:03 AM

Updated today at 7:11 AM

SEATTLE – Police moved into Westlake Park Monday morning and began removing the tents of the Occupy Seattle protesters who defied orders not to camp in the park.

Around 6:30 a.m., officers could be moving through the park. While they moved some tents, it appeared from SkyKING that some of the protesters began tearing down tents on their own.

There were unconfirmed reports of two arrests.

Westbound Pine Street between Fifth and Fourth avenues was closed around 7 a.m. Metro Transit reported that routes 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 43 and 49 were being re-routed for about two hours. Riders were advised to use the stop at Pine Street east of Seventh Avenue.

The city has tried to move the demonstrators to City Hall Plaza and out of the retail core.

Some demonstrators say they'll remain in Westlake Park to carry on their protest against corporate power.

Two weeks ago, 25 people were arrested when police forced protesters to remove their tents.

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