Protesters, counter-protesters clash in downtown Seattle

Fox News | 8/13/2017 | Staff
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Seattle police have made a string of arrests and confiscated weapons as opposing groups of protesters converged downtown on Sunday.

As hundreds gathered in the area, police ordered the protesters and counter-protesters in the area to disperse. Officers used pepper spray and "blast balls," similar to flash-bang grenades, in an effort to keep the two groups away from each other, The Seattle Times reported.

Rally - Group - Patriot - Prayer - Counter-protest

One rally was organized by pro-Trump group Patriot Prayer. The counter-protest was planned by Solidarity Against Hate. Both events were planned prior to Saturday’s deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va.

A barricade separated the two groups in downtown Seattle, where law enforcement stood by dressed in riot gear. It's unclear exactly how many arrests they made.

People - Signs - KKK - Support - Charlottesville

People carrying signs opposing the KKK and showing support for Charlottesville marched to downtown Seattle where the Patriot Prayer’s rally was stationed, rallying in support of free speech and freedom.

The pro-Trump group has held similar events throughout the Pacific Northwest, often drawing counter-protesters.

Denver - Demonstrators - Statue - Rev - Martin

Meantime, in Denver, several hundred demonstrators gathered beneath a statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in City Park and marched about two miles to the state...
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