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Protest Winds Through Central District, Downtown and Capitol Hill

Seven people were arrested for assault and pedestrian interference Saturday as Seattle police escorted an otherwise peaceful protest through the city.

A large group of demonstrators gathered at Garfield High School Saturday afternoon and marched through the Central District, eventually arriving at Seattle Police Headquarters at 6th Avenue and Cherry Street.  The group then split up, as a significant number of protesters split off and attempted to march onto State Route 99, along the Alaskan Way Viaduct.  When officers blocked the crowd from entering the viaduct,  some protesters pushed against officers and began throwing rocks. Officers took two people into custody for assault: one suspect who threw rocks at police—leaving one officer with minor injuries—and another who shoved and then jumped on an officer.

The crowd continued to snake through the city, before stopping again at Broadway and John Street, on Capitol Hill. The group eventually disbanded.

Police arrested seven people in total throughout the evening, taking five people into custody for assault, and arresting two for pedestrian interference. All seven individuals will be booked into the King County Jail.