Peaceful eviction for Occupy Tacoma campers

  • Mon Feb 27th, 2012 1:37pm
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Associated Press

TACOMA — The last five or six Occupy Tacoma demonstrators finished packing up Monday morning and cleared out of Pugnetti Park.

The land is owned by the state Transportation Department, which posted eviction notices Thursday because of liability issues. About 20 people had been camping there since October.

The Tacoma campers left peacefully, in contrast to Occupy demonstrators who clashed with police in other cities.

One, Cameron Ruba, proudly carried an eviction notice he had signed by Transportation Department workers and State Patrol troopers with “best wishes.” He says campers were treated civilly so they dealt civilly with the request to leave.

Another camper, Bret Johnson, said Occupy Tacoma would continue to have weekly meetings.

Three others headed for the bus station, planning to head south to join Occupy San Diego.