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3 Arrested During Protests at Gun Rights Rally Event in Seattle


(Update 8/20/18 2:12 pm reports link two of those arrested to counter protests of the "Liberty or Death" event.)


Three men were reportedly arrested for misdemeanor assault Saturday as those that support gun rights and counter protestors gathered in Seattle.


A “Liberty or Death” rally drew counter-protesters from the left, many wearing masks and bandannas over their faces. KOMO reports that two of the men arrested were part of the counter protests.

Voice of America reports that the groups Washington 3 Percent and Patriot Prayer were holding the rally outside Seattle City Hall to protest an effort to launch a local gun-control initiative. 

Antifa, Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity, Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party reportedly protested the event. 

From VOA:

Hundreds of protesters on each side of the street were separated Saturday afternoon by metal barriers and police officers as the left-wing protesters yelled and used cow bells and sirens to try to drown out speeches from the right-wing side.

One person on the right-wing group side was treated for an injury at the scene.

Additional police also arrived, including police in riot gear with batons who took up positions in the street. Bicycle officers lined up their bikes as a type of moving barrier to keep protesters from entering the street, which remained open to traffic.



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