Occupy Seattle Protester Files Restraining Order Against College Over Eviction
SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – An Occupy Seattle protester has filed a motion for a temporary restraining order against the community college that has voted to evict the movement from its campus.
Following the Seattle Community Colleges’ board of trustees voting to evict Occupy Seattle from Seattle Central Community College, a protester initiated a restraining order against the campus, blocking the school from forcing the movement to go elsewhere.
In a statement, Seattle Community Colleges Chancellor Jill Wakefield said the school received a call from Thurston County Superior Court last week notifying the school that an Occupy Seattle protester had filed a motion for a temporary restraining order against SCCC. By filing the temporary restraining order, Occupy Seattle blocked Wakefield from posting on Monday a recently passed rule that prohibits camping on Seattle Community Colleges property.
The hearing on the motion is scheduled for Friday. Wakefield said that the college would not post the rule banning encampment on campus until the situation gets more clarity following the hearing. Patricia Paquette, communications director for Seattle Community Colleges, told CBS Seattle that the administration has inquired to the state’s attorney general about the motion for the temporary restraining order.
“I don’t know what they have to satisfy,” Paquette said.
The possible eviction of Occupy Seattle from the community college comes almost a month since the movement took encampment on Oct. 29. Wakefield attributed the deteriorating conditions around the camp and the safety and security of the campus as the prime factors for the passing of the emergency rule.
“This has been a challenging time for many of us as we examine our values and the best interests of our students and our community,” Wakefield said in the statement. “Many of the messages of Occupy Seattle directly relate to education and our mission.”
Messages left by CBS Seattle to Occupy Seattle were not immediately returned.