Scores of police officers surrounded the protesters in Westlake Park at 6:00 a.m. with barricades and told them to pick up their belongings or face arrest, Goldy reports. Eight were arrested. It ends the largest encampment of the Occupy protests in Seattle since they began nearly three weeks ago.
Parks officials are now cleaning up the tents, the sleeping bags, and other occupation paraphernalia. No tents remain standing, Goldy continues, and parks officials have confiscated several tents. They gave protesters a phone number they could call to recover their belongings.
With about 36 police still on the scene, protesters have convened for a general assembly and the intent, apparently, is to attempt another occupation of Westlake Park tonight.