Filed under: Action, Analysis, Anti-fascist, Northwest
Report back from counter-mobilization against the far-Right Three Percenter militia in Seattle, Washington.
Cover Photo: @VitrumLuxe
On Sunday January 5th,
Joey Gibson of Patriot Prayer calls Rep. Matt Shea a hero during today’s Three Percenter rally in Seattle
“We will always support Matt Shea,” he says, to applause
— Will James (@OtherWillJames) January 6, 2020
Patriot Prayer's Facebook event page for the "Matt Shea Prayer Rally" is up: "Stand up for Black-Balled Constitutional Protector, Matt Shea."
— e c o n o m y b r e a k f a s t (@econbrkfst) January 9, 2020
While the Three Percenter rally was scheduled to begin at 11am, about 50 of us showed up to City Hall PlazaRight after we arrived the police began setting up metal crash barricades around the area. Eventually it became clear that no one else was getting in, and the comrades who were on the other side of the barricades would have to watch what unfolded. The rain was coming down in buckets and the wind picking up, as well as the police force surrounding us was swelling. We understood that we wouldn’t be forcibly removed until the “permit holders” showed up and asked us to be removed-until then it was just wait.
Eventually the police produced the permit, issued us a final warning, and we arranged ourselves in a manner so as to face-off with over 100 cops. As they pushed us out of the plaza, we gave way but not too easily, and eventually we were surrounded on three sides by bike cops, funneling us toward another group of comrades across the street. The police had successfully cleared the plaza so that the Three Percenters could begin setting up for their rally, albeit well after their start-time.
Today and forever, Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club is standing with our communities who are being targeted by Washington State Representative Matt Shea and Patriot Prayer’s Joey Gibson. pic.twitter.com/xegkoMrMAp
— Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club (@PugetSoundJBGC) January 5, 2020
The CLAF (Community & Labor Against Fascism) counter-demonstration one block North from where the black bloc was had now grown considerably, and the Three Percenter rally had two groups of opposition. Their attendees seemed much more interested in looking and yelling at us than listening to their speakers. Time dragged on as it tends to in these situations, more alt-right types
While both sides of the street continued to attract their respective audiences, the police presence became overwhelming
Last Sunday, at Seattle's City Hall, anti-fascist protesters came out to rally against the far-right militia group the Washington Three Percenters.
— Daniel V. Media (@danielvmedia) January 8, 2020
Seemingly out of nowhere
Coverage from Seattle's anti-fascist protest against the militias gathered at City Hall will be online tomorrow.
For now here's a teaser. pic.twitter.com/P36e7BCfU4
— Daniel V. Media (@danielvmedia) January 7, 2020
At this point it became clear that one alt-right media journalist Elijah Schaffer had been filming from inside of the