Occupy Madison campers pack up, leave

CREATED May 2, 2012

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Campers have dismantled their tents without incident after a Dane County judge ordered what began as an Occupy Madison demonstration to leave a city-owned lot.

The campers had until noon Tuesday to leave the site. The State Journal (http://bit.ly/JJe7Rh) reports by Tuesday evening, all that remained was a stack of wooden pallets.

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 says the encampment will be treated as a hazardous waste site during cleanup because of reports of needles and bodily fluids.

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