UPDATE: The neo-Nazis never showed at Cal Anderson Park Sunday evening, but hundreds of sopping wet people rallied and marched on Capitol Hill to say they weren’t welcome anyway. After the larger crowds of protestors dissipated, a smaller core remained and began a familiar slow-motion race around Broadway and Pike/Pine flanked by an increasing police presence before the “order to disperse” was finally given around 8:15 PM and the cat and mouse game came to an end with a group of around 100 anarchists and anti-fascists milling about in Cal Anderson.
Earlier in the night, Antifa counter-protestors braved the wind and rain to gather in the park to be ready to confront a skinhead group reported to be marching on Capitol Hill. A post on a white supremacist website appeared last week called for a gathering on Capitol Hill and in Ballard. From all appearances, that gathering did not occur.
But a diverse group of peaceful counter-demonstrators held anti-fascist signs and chanted for about an hour in front of the Cal Anderson water fountain. When no white supremacists made themselves known, the group began a march through the streets of Capitol Hill before eventually fading into a smaller procession of black mask-clad marchers like so many recent anarchist demonstrations in the neighborhood. There were reports of graffiti including tags on Seattle Central and a TV news van as well as a Metro Rt 49 coach. Some streets were periodically closed by police to control the group or protect the East Precinct headquarters at 12th and Pine. We do not yet have official information on damage or any reports of arrests.
You can view more pictures from the demonstration and march on the CHS Facebook page.
UPDATE: Sorry, TV:
So… this just happened while we were out of our news van. pic.twitter.com/KMfEXDNJsR
— Graham Johnson (@GrahamKIRO7) December 7, 2015
ORIGINAL REPORT: Anti-hate and anti-fascists groups are planning a demonstration at Cal Anderson Sunday night against widely reported plans by neo-Nazis to celebrate a white power holiday with a Ballard concert and march on Capitol Hill.
While it sounds like 4chan come to life, groups including the Rose City Antifa — “Fighting fascism since 2007” — plan to be in Cal Anderson for a 5 PM rally to stand up against any white supremacists who dare show their skinheads Sunday night:
December 5th & 6th, Seattle, WA: Action Against Northwestern Hammerskins’ Martyrs Day Events
RALLY SUNDAY DECEMBER 6TH @ 5PM Cal Anderson Park
Local white supremacists are planning a series of events in the Seattle area to celebrate their annual Martyrs Day gathering. They have advertised a show with racist bands in Ballard on the 6th and have also threatened to march on Capitol Hill.
For udpates throughout the weekend please use twitter hashtag#defendseattle
If you have questions or tips please e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on this event and the Northwestern Hammerskins, here is our article:
rosecityantifas.weebly.com/ articles/ alert-northwestern-hammersk ins-annual-martyrs-day-cel ebration-2015-washington-s tate-weekend-of-december-5 -6th
Seattle Police say they are monitoring the situation.
An expert on Northwest hate groups told The Stranger he wasn’t able to confirm Sunday’s planned events were really going to happen — but he also said he doesn’t believe this is a prank.
“However, we have learned a bit about the folks planning this,” he said. “It’s definitely not a hoax — however, we’ll have to see whether anyone actually shows, too.”
In addition to Capitol Hill being quite a long march from Ballard, Sunday’s weather could also dampen the spirits on both sides of the hate battle as only Neoprene Nazis will want to be out in the predicted cool and drizzly night.