Friday, November 18, 2011

Seattle: "Occupy protest marches on bridge, blocks traffic" (with slideshow)

Protesters gather on the University Bridge in Seattle during an Occupy Seattle and labor union protest. Occupy Seattle protesters and labor union members gathered on the bridge to call for the government to spend more money on infrastructure. The protesters shut down the Seattle bridge during rush hour. Photo: JOSHUA TRUJILLO / SEATTLEPI.COM

Rush hour was jammed in Seattle on Thursday evening as hundreds of Occupy Seattle and union protesters occupied University Bridge.

Some protestors came north from Capitol Hill at around 4:30 p.m., while others came down from a rally at the University of Washington.

Police estimated a peak crowd size of about 600, but at one point the event looked like it reached a crowd size of about 1,000. The crowd swelled quickly as people marching from various locations met on the bridge. But the masses didn't stay long, thinning to about 300 people shortly after 6 p.m. MORE...

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