UPDATE: Publicola — Capitol Hill Occupiers Slide Their Way to Freedom: “Dozens of Occupy Seattle protesters used a slide to escape from police (WHEEEEEE!) after a SWAT team LINK raided an abandoned warehouse taken over by the group on Capitol Hill over the weekend, an Occupy Seattle member tells PubliCola.”
Occupy persists: Though the size of the camp is dwindling, there were still a lot of Occupy Seattle tents in place at Broadway and Pine Monday morning following the busy weekend. The camp isn’t sparkling clean — but there aren’t abandoned piles of junk as people move out and on, either.
Not moving day: A Seattle Community Colleges rep tells CHS that signs announcing the emergency rule upheld last week won’t be posted until later this week. “The college will discuss the schedule and next steps at its regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting with Occupy Seattle representatives,” the spokesperson said.
Friday night assault: We checked into the SPD report of a man holding a “Occupy Somewhere Else” sign who told police he was assaulted outside the Occupy Seattle camp Friday night prior to the building takeover and SWAT raid a few blocks away. Though the man declined medical attention, he was, according to police, hit hard enough to break his glasses. The man told police he was standing outside the camp with his sign — the full text read “Occupy Somewhere Else, Not My School” — when a group approached him. One man told the sign-holder “I don’t like your sign,” the victim said, and punched him in the face three times. The victim told police he attempted to follow the group of men and women — all described as white and having dreadlocks — into the camp as he called 911 but that one of the group attempted to sic his pit bull on the man. The victim told police Occupiers then blocked him and said they would not let him enter SCCC’s plaza. Police arrived but could not find anybody matching the suspect descriptions at the scene.
Broadway bank window busted… again: The night of the 10th/Union raid, a Broadway bank was again the victim of vandalism. According to the police report on the incident, a double pane window on the backside of the Broadway Chase was shattered sometime Friday night or Saturday morning by an unknown vandal. Police believe a heavy object like a rock or a brick was used unlike a recent attack at the US Bank on Broadway in which a man was seen using a hammer to shatter glass. The Chase outlet at Broadway and E Thomas is a frequent target for vandalism. In early November, a pepper-spray melee broke out in the street in front of the bank as protesters and police clashed following the arrest of five people who had chained themselves together inside the bank. A week later, a Bank of America branch in Madison Park suffered significant damage when its ATM was set on fire.
Monitoring Central District: We asked SPD if there were any updates regarding another building takeover in the area as a group continues to squat at 23rd and Alder across from Garfield High Schoool. SPD said they continue to “monitor” the situation.