The trustees of Kent State University said yesterday they would seek a court order to remove about 200 people protesting plans to build $6 million gymnasium near the site of the 1970 killings of four anti-war protesters.
The Blanket HLL squatters defied a university order to vacate the campus area.
University president Gelnn A. Olds, who Saturday told the protesters they had until 8 a.m. yesterday to break camp, did not have the demonstrators arrested after the deadline passed. He instead sought solid support from university trustees in his bid to obtain a court injunction to force removal of the "tent city" residents.
Demonstrators, about 100 of them encamped in the area since May 12, want the site preserved as remembrance of those killed and wounded during the confrontation with Ohio national guardsmen, but univegsity officials maintain it would cost too much money to move the site for the complex elsewhere on campus.
Benson A. Wolman, executive director of the Ohio American Civil Liberties Union, said that ACLU attorneys were at Kent State observing the protest and preparing to counter what legal action the uninversity might take against the protest.
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Herbert Yanowitz, Wood's attorney, said the pre-trial hearing will take weeks in a legal fight to suppress hundreds of pieces of evidence seized at his client's home in San Mateo County.