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MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2011, 6:50 P.M.

State orders protesters out of Capitol

OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Patrol has ordered protesters out of the Capitol, warning them that anyone who doesn't leave will be subject to arrest and a 30-day ban from state property.

"We respect your right to free speech and protest," Lt. Mark Arras, acting captain of the patrol's Capital Campus units. "We ask that you do so within the building hours."

"This is not a protest. This is an occupation," one of the demonstrators shouted back.

Protesters are now discussing the merits of civil disobedience.

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