Seattle’s weekend of anti-Trump protests starts with Capitol Hill student rally — UPDATE

UPDATE 1/21/2017 8:00 AM: Police announced an arrest overnight in the UW shooting.

SPD also reported that a police vehicle suffered a busted window Friday morning:

Around 9:30 AM, an unidentified person threw a rock through the windshield of a Bellevue Police Department officer’s vehicle—which was assisting Seattle police in the Capitol Hill area.

“No other arrests were made during the day’s demonstrations,” SPD reports.

UPDATE 1/20/17 8:50 PM: Police and Seattle Fire have responded to a reported shooting that witnesses say happened in the crowds assembled outside the UW Yiannopoulos appearance. Seattle Fire says a male victim has been transported to the hospital with “possible life threatening injuries. Police are investigating and the protests continue.

UPDATE 1/20/17 7:30 PM: The marchers were last reported headed north on 10th Ave E toward the University of Washington where protesters have been blocking entrance to a planned appearance by right wing Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos.

UPDATE 1/20/17 7:00 PM: A portion of the Westlake crowd marched through downtown and eventually up Capitol Hill following the downtown rally. The marchers have been peaceful and there have been no reports of significant property damage or arrests. SPD says it seized several dangerous objects from people in the Westlake crowd but did not announce any arrests.

UPDATE 1/20/17 3:00 PM: There were surprises from the start of what is expected to be two days of marches and protests following the inauguration of Donald Trump. Student walkout supporters who rallied at Capitol Hill’s Seattle Central were expected to eventually meet up with El Comite immigrants rights marchers en route from the Central District to a large rally planned Friday night in Westlake. But people were ready to get moving earlier than expected and the student marchers set out for a Central District rendezvous with the immigrants rights march. They met on S Jackson before 3 PM and set a new course together for Westlake Park, about 600 strong.

Before the marchers hit the streets, District 3 representative and Socialist Alternative party leader Kshama Sawant warmed up the crowd of students from schools from across Seattle and their supporters.

“Shame on Seattle Public Schools for saying they are going to penalize these students with unexcused absences,” Sawant said. “If the district takes action on you, are we going to stand together?”

Yes, was the answer.

“I watched the Trump speech this morning and he said that his government was going to be a government of the people… and that he was going to create great schools and good jobs. Do you believe him?”

No, no the crowd did not.

Sawant, who called for days of general strike and protest to mark the inauguration, did not mince her words for the new president Friday.

“Trump,” she said, “is a disgusting multibillionaire liar and con man.”

Earlier in the day, Mayor Ed Murray offered a more positive message of resistance at the city’s event for immigrant and refugee families.

CHS posted a roster of marches and rallies taking place Friday and Seattle. Friday night’s permitted events included a large rally and protest at Westlake. Saturday, more than 30,000 people are expect to take part in the Womxn’s March on Seattle starting at the Central District’s Judkins Park. It is strongly advised that you walk or take public transit to the start point and expect plenty of transportation delays across the city.

Friday, large contingents of police were on hand following the marching crowds, clearing traffic, and keeping main arterials as open to traffic as possible. Elsewhere in the neighborhood, groups of police were seen gathering and preparing for the night ahead.

CHS will be updating this post and monitoring the events as they unfold. See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959.

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3 thoughts on “Seattle’s weekend of anti-Trump protests starts with Capitol Hill student rally — UPDATE

  1. Seattle Public school students were warned what would happen if they skipped school for this.Sawnt can keep her nose out of what happens to those student who skipped school.It is NONE of her business.

  2. Canada bans wearing of masks or face coverings during violent protests or riots and can sentence someone up to ten years for committing a crime while hiding their identity. It is likely most peaceful protesters abhor those throwing bricks etc.