Mayor Jenny Durkan urging the public to protest peacefully this weekend

Jul 24 2020, 4:29 pm

Although most people have been protesting peacefully, the deployment of federal forces into Seattle has Mayor Jenny Durkan reminding Seattleites to protest peacefully this weekend “particularly in light of the President making good on threats to send federal forces into American cities.”

She told the public that “regardless of the President’s threats, residents can and should continue to demonstrate peacefully and make their voices heard. But we cannot pretend that his comments are just bluster.”

Along with Police Chief Carmen Best and Seattle Fire Department Chief Scoggins, the City will be “working to oppose these actions and prepare for immediate legal relief should it become necessary.”

She concluded her series of tweets by saying that “we’ve seen it firsthand in Portland. We cannot let it happen in Seattle.”

Over the past week, Portland’s mayor has been tear-gassed during a protest and federal agents have been reportedly “sharply escalating the situation.

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