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Judge says Occupy Madison campers must leave

Judge says Occupy Madison campers must leave

By the Associated Press. CREATED May 1, 2012

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Dane County judge has ordered an encampment that began as an Occupy Madison demonstration to leave a city-owned lot.

The judge denied a temporary restraining order that would have prevented city officials from removing the campers. They have until noon Tuesday to leave the site.

The Occupy Madison movement began last October as a demonstration against economic inequality and social injustice. But the encampment has evolved into a gathering spot of mostly homeless people. About 50 to 60 people have occupied the site.

Mayor Paul Soglin says the encampment has become a haven for drug use, assault and property crime. Soglin tells the State Journal (http://bit.ly/JKXrI1 ) the encampment will be treated as a hazardous waste site during cleanup because of reports of needles and bodily fluids.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj