At least one person was taken into custody Wednesday night as protesters with the weekly #miccheckwallst march against student debt blocked traffic on Broadway despite police demands that the group return to the sidewalk. Thanks to Geoff for the picture and his notes from the scene.
there was a protest going south on Broadway East. Looks like it started around Broadway E and roy? They were against crippling student loan debt. They were first walking in the middle of the road. Some signs said “student loans kill dreams”. The police told them to get to the sidewalk several times. They continued walking in the road. At the intersection of Mercer and Broadway E, a cop turned in front of the crowd, partially cutting off their path on the road. Police then walked towards the protesters directing them to the sidewalk. A couple refused and were arrested. After the suspects were taken away in police cars, the protest continued south on the sidewalk.
We’re checking to find out more about how many people were taken into custody. #miccheckwallst is an Occupy Seattle offshoot and is active with protests and demonstrations on Capitol Hill and elsewhere in the city.
Following the arrest, the group continued to the East Precinct headquarters at 12th and Pine to demonstrate the SPD actions.