A group of approximately 700 WTO protesters left Seattle Central Community
College this morning at about 11:15, skirting the "no protest zone" and
meeting up with U.S. Steelworkers and Teamsters before arriving at Victor
Steinbruck Park in downtown Seattle for a rally with farmworkers and fair
trade agriculture advocates. By the time the march reached the park, the
group had swollen to approximately 3,000.
After the police violence of Wednesday night, the crowd was determined to
reclaim the media spotlight and focus it on the anti-WTO message and the
non-violent nature of the protest. Deliberately avoiding the "hot" areas
inside the "no protest" zone, the marchers first moved toward Downtown on
Pine before continuing West on Denny. Police (minus riot gear and tear gas)
provided a motorcycle escort along the entire route. The crowd sang and
chanted for most of the march including a hip-hop inflected chant which
stated, "THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!" The focus of the protest was
both anti-WTO and pro-democracy/First Ammendment rights, although other
advocacy groups were present as well, including a group of Mumia Abu-Jamal
advocates. The march was entirely non-violent and protesters were
non-confrontational with Police and bystanders (with minor exceptions).
The Seattle Indy Media Center is a coalition of many independent media
organizations and producers, offering live coverage of the WTO protests
ignored by the corporate media.
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