A small group of protesters against police violence chained together to block Highway 99 and marchers trying to block I-5 via onramps and exits including the busy Mercer corridor followed Seattle’s MLK Day march from Garfield High School to the Federal Courthouse — and tangled up the city’s relatively light holiday commute traffic.
Earlier in the day, thousands of marchers left Garfield after a morning of workshops and speakers in the 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Committee March & Festival.
View more photos from the day here.
Following the march, police converged on the groups of protesters still active around the Mercer corridor and worked to cut apart the group that had bound themselves together in an effort to block 99. Media outlets were reporting at least five people had been arrested as of 4 PM. UPDATE: SPD says there were 19 arrests.
Protesters were reported to still be moving in the area as police worked to keep the streets cleared for the evening commute.
— Alex Garland (@AGarlandPhoto) January 19, 2015