Seattle Communist Pepper Sprayed for Attacking Free Speech Rally
Skirmishes break out at Patriot Prayer rally at UW, police make arrests
Police took into custody several people at a student Republican event at the University of Washington on Saturday that drew counter-protesters.
The police presence appeared significant as the Seattle Police Department assigned extra officers to support university police for the event at the campus.
College Republicans invited the Vancouver-based group Patriot Prayer to speak in Red Square. The club bills it as a free speech event.
University of Washington police didn’t immediately return a call to The Associated Press seeking more information.
KOMO News reported that protesters on different sides brawled — prompting police to use pepper spray and make a few arrests. It wasn’t clear which group those who were arrested associate with.
5 arrested after skirmishes at UW college Republican rally
Demonstrations at the University of Washington were largely peaceful Saturday, despite concerns over potential violence from outside agitators.
A handful of arrests were made after a college Republican rally at the campus drew counterprotesters. A couple skirmishes broke out; police responded with pepper spray and UW police said five people were arrested for disorderly conduct.
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