1999 Seattle WTO Protest - The Human Experience
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Take a Walk with Those of us That were Really there.
D1 - OK, just so you know, most stores have boarded their windows up as a means of prevention. Just because there are boards does not mean the windows underneath are broken. It does make the city look eery, though.
Today, people going downtown were well aware that there was a "No Protest" zone in the core of the city surrounding the Convention Center.
The Women & Democracy's permit to march was revoked on the the morning of D1 by the city because of the no protest zone. You will see what they decided to do in the "Silent March" clip.
Some groups blatantly marched through downtown on the streets. First in the morning, a march ended up at Westlake Mall where they sat down and refused to move. About 175 people were arrested there.
At Westlake and Lenora, people who were on the sidewalks congregating peacefully were arrested. This prompted another sit-down in the intersection. 96 people were arrested there that day.
The Steelworkers had a rally outside the Protest-Free zone down on the waterfront but then marched up into the city. The police teargassed the crowd, splitting them up into factions. One faction was pushed down 1st to Broad Street where there is boxed in block trapping protesters. A mass arrest occurred here as well.
Later in the evening, a march left downtown and, followed by the police, went up into the Capitol Hill neighborhood, where there was an annual Free Mumia march going on. Police fire concussion grenades and tear gas in this neighorhood, affecting residents and trapping people in areas that are not safe for them from these chemical weapons. This provokes the ire of this rather radical neighborhood…a standoff between the residents and police goes on well after midnite.
Rumor is that there is no more room at Sand Point for prisoners so some are being taken to Boing field.