By our count, there are about two dozen people participating in the Occupy West Seattle rally in The Junction. Police are there too – including Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Paulsen. Our crew at the scene says it’s gone as the group had said it would – they walked from KeyBank to Chase, and are now on the California/Oregon corner.
The announced 4 pm start time of the rally coincided with a blast of snow and hail.
ADDED: Our video from the event, and a few more photos:
After walking to Chase, the group repeated one man’s speech, in what has become the Occupy movement’s “human microphone” style
They were there for at least an hour and a half – we drove by just after 5:30 and groups of protesters were still standing on the corners around the California/Oregon intersection. It wasn’t all continuous chanting or singing (yes, they did sing “Happy Birthday” in honor of Chase Bank’s CEO) – one man was trying to hand out “corporate trading cards”:
Police stood guard alongside the bank:
The rally spanned multiple generations – this photo is courtesy of Dina Lydia Johnson:
She told WSB about her rally participation, “I’m feeling good about it, and hope West Seattleites who were curious or even doubtful will feel welcome to join us and add their ideas.” The group handed out leaflets saying their next “general assembly” is Saturday at Alki UCC.