At least 10 Occupy Seattle protesters arrested at Westlake Park


by KING 5 News

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 13 at 11:41 PM

 SEATTLE -- At least 10 people have been arrested for the second night in a row Thursday as Occupy Seattle protesters refused to leave Westlake Park despite police and the city's requests to do so.

The arrests started at around 10:00 p.m. when police went up to a tent in the center of Westlake Park asking them to move.  Just this week, Mayor McGinn told Occupy Seattle protesters that police would enforce park rules against camping or other unpermitted activities.

The protesters didn't move and subsequently were dragged out of the park and arrested one by one.

Police has since torn down the tent.

Occupy Seattle movement makes way for jobs rally early Thursday

Chanting "Jobs now, jobs now," about 150 union members and supporters rallied in Seattle's Westlake Park Thursday in support of President Obama's Jobs Act. They were joined by community figures like King County Executive Dow Constantine and the masked-vigilante known as Phoenix Jones.

Organized by the King County Labor Coalition, the participants urged government action to combat the climbing unemployment rates and decried Washington Initiative 1125.

I-1125, back by small government activist Tim Eyman, would put new restrictions on the gas tax revenue, and require tolls on specific roads be used to pay for improvements only on the roads where they are collected.

Addressing the crowd, Washington State Representative Ross Hunter, D-Bellevue, called I-1125 "stupid."

According to the King County Labor Coalition, if passed, I-1125 would "deprive local governments of the resources they need to stimulate economic growth through the building, maintenance, and repair of local bridges and roads."

Back in September, more than half of registered voters who participated in a KING 5 News/Survey USA poll supported I-1125.

The labor group is strongly in favor of President Barack Obama's American Jobs Act, which was voted down by Senate Republicans and two Democrats earlier this week.

Some protesters with the Occupy Seattle movement also attended the jobs rally, after being evicted from Westlake to make way for it. One protester addressed the crowd, using several expletives in his remarks.

Seattle's self-proclaimed superhero, Benjamin Fodor, a.k.a. Phoenix Jones, was also spotted at the rally. He was in court just hours prior for an alleged assault case.

Dozens protest Romney

At midday Thursday, dozens protested outside the downtown hotel where Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney had a private fundraiser. They carried signs including one that said, "Romney is the 1 percent" -- a reference to what the demonstrators describe as the concentration of wealth among a small slice of the population.

Large demonstration planned for Saturday

Occupy Seattle plans a large demonstration Saturday to coincide with worldwide Occupy movements.  The event will begin at Westlake Park at noon.