UPDATE 6:20 PM: Thousands of protesters splintered off a planned rally and march at Westlake Park and headed up E Pike toward Capitol Hill Wednesday night.
Police estimated the crowd at more than 700 marchers moving onto Capitol Hill. UPDATEx2: Police say the group has fully formed and is closer to 5,000 to 6,000 marchers.
The rally started at 4 PM and included speakers denouncing the election victory of Donald Trump and celebrating the call for a general strike on Inauguration Day. After a march toward the downtown Federal Building, the protest circled back toward Westlake and began to splinter.
“Not my president” chants and signs proclaiming fights against racism and homophobia were the order of the night.
The protest was peaceful and there were no reported arrests as of this update.
(Images: Tim Durkan with permission to CHS)
UPDATE 6:45 PM: It is not clear where the march is headed as the protest has reached 10th Ave E and Prospect near St. Mark’s.
The protest joins rallies and marches in cities across the country Wednesday night.
UPDATE 7:05 PM: As the march reaches Roanoke, it appears the protest is headed for the University of Washington. Police have been busy coordinating with state troopers to make sure I-5 onramps and exits are blocked off to the protesters.
Police are also busy in downtown Seattle where five people were shot and a search for the gunman seen leaving the area is on. The shootings were first reported around 6:45 PM long after the marchers had left the area.
UPDATE 7:36 PM: The remaining large group of marchers is crossing the University Bridge and leaving Eastlake. There have been reports of some scuffles with police but still no arrests and no reports of significant damage.
UPDATE 9:00 PM: The march has continued with protesters circling through the University District and the UW campus. There have been some attempts to enter I-5 but so far groups have not been successful in reaching the freeway and disrupting traffic on the interstate.
UPDATE 9:41 PM: Marchers, still numbering around 2,000 according to police, were last reported headed south on Eastlake back in the direction of downtown Seattle.