UPDATE: Protesters block South Park Bridge for hour-plus

8:33 PM: If you’re heading across the Duwamish River any time soon, don’t head for the South Park Bridge. The Every Day March protest group – same one that’s visited city councilmembers and others at their homes (as well as leading an Alki march last Saturday) – is currently blocking the bridge. They’ve hung banners off its sides, according to the livestream that’s up right now. The bridge is in King County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction and deputies are visible in the traffic cam (framegrab added above) turning traffic away at the South Park end.

8:50 PM: Still there. According to the stream, the protesters – estimated by police at ~50 – are writing messages on the bridge deck.

9:33 PM: The Concrete Reports stream shows that the group is leaving the bridge, so it should reopen shortly.

63 Replies to "UPDATE: Protesters block South Park Bridge for hour-plus"

  • 11epees September 22, 2020 (8:50 pm)

    Why?

    • WSB September 22, 2020 (8:58 pm)

      Blocking bridges/roads is a popular tactic. The morning branch of the Every Day March briefly blocked SW Spokane just east of the low bridge yesterday morning; we didn’t hear about that one until it was over.

    • Chemist September 22, 2020 (9:01 pm)

      Hanging banners that say “Defund SPD” and apparently there’ll be some fresh graffiti on the bridge surfaces (stream shows the bottom and side barriers getting tagged with F-c- SPD, etc).   They’ve been blocking the bridge since around 8 PM.

      • WSB September 22, 2020 (9:03 pm)

        One of the banners says Defund SPD, according to the streamer at Concrete Reporting. The other, he said, reads “Too Many Names.”

  • 1994 September 22, 2020 (9:05 pm)

    The right to protest should not disrupt other’s rights to travel over the bridge…..protest off of the roads.

    • Disgraceful September 23, 2020 (8:28 am)

      1994, you are in your own little world aren’t you.  Well too bad,  this issue is bigger than your small commute home.  Wake up, it isn’t 94′ anymore

    • sf September 23, 2020 (1:33 pm)

      Yeah, and I shouldn’t be inconvenienced and not be able to sit in the section of the bus appropriate for my kind.  Wait!?

  • spooled September 22, 2020 (9:07 pm)

    Open the bridge.  Problem solved.  I thought is was a requirement that the waterway be navigable no matter how inconvenient to motorists or pedestrians, just like the low bridge.  Who’s got a sailboat and a gofundme?

    • Dominique Jones September 22, 2020 (10:47 pm)

      They blocked the bridge not the waterway. No boat traffic was affected.

      • WSB September 22, 2020 (11:02 pm)

        @SDOTBridges hasn’t logged a Duwamish bridge opening since mid-afternoon, so apparently no need for it tonight.

  • WSlite September 22, 2020 (9:16 pm)

    And tonight (after 9pm), the lower Spokane Bridge westbound backed up traffic line of cars is SUPER LONG!!! They are controlling the traffic lights on East-side of bridge only allowing a small handful of cars (5-7 cars) to pass through light creating a MASSIVE backup. What the heck! Just keep the traffic flowing! I already got stopped by a stand-still train at the tracks for almost 20 minutes earlier. Come onnnnnnn! Ridiculous!

  • SJ September 22, 2020 (9:26 pm)

    Thank you WSB! I was driving home from work and got stuck here, turned around and took another route. Got home and hopped on WSB because I knew there’d be info on the back up. You guys rock!

  • 1994 September 22, 2020 (9:26 pm)

    Where is the marine traffic?  If the bridge needed to open, would the people be shooed away?

  • 1994 September 22, 2020 (9:35 pm)

    9:35 Only a bus is blocking a lane leading to the bridge, no law enforcement visible in the SDOT camera…. 

    • WSB September 22, 2020 (10:07 pm)

      The deputies came and went and then returned (KCSO was dealing with a shooting call somewhere so I suspect they might have been temporarily pulled off). Anyway, definitely over now.

  • John Smith September 22, 2020 (9:54 pm)

    This protest/whatever action seems counter-productive.

    • onion September 23, 2020 (7:27 am)

      Protesters and protest leaders need to recognize when their protests become counter productive — such as when an ambulance can’t get through or when people are blocked from getting to work or returning to their children. This protest seems to cross that line.

  • OneTimeCharley September 22, 2020 (9:57 pm)

    For those of us who seek change, please ask yourself every moment of every day until November 3rd: does the thing I’m doing / saying / amplifying make it more or less likely for a moderate to vote for Democratic candidates?

    • AMD September 23, 2020 (1:49 am)

      If being stuck in traffic is the issue that is going to cause someone to vote for conservative candidates, I don’t think that person is “moderate” to begin with.  Inconvenience is hardly a wedge issue.

    • ally cat September 23, 2020 (5:11 am)

      I disagree with quieting down before the election regarding the issues and our values.  

      If you’re suggesting disingenuity to swing voters, well that sounds like something Trump would do. No thank you.

      We should be unapologetically and passionately in support of what we believe, standing up for what is right, and focus on helping to encourage and inspire younger voters and marginalized and underserved communities to vote.

      Black lives always matter!

      • anonwesea September 23, 2020 (11:16 am)

        How does blocking people who are just trying to go back and forth from home help that issue. I agree completely with you, but they don’t have to block traffic to do that. We’re all weary of so many things this year why not want to have people celebrate your efforts not make them more weary. 

    • Stickerbush September 23, 2020 (5:40 am)

      Too late, that ship has sailed. Swing voters are not going to vote for revolution, not now, not ever.

      • East Coast Cynic September 23, 2020 (8:04 pm)

        If you’re talking about Biden as a vote for revolution, you got to be kidding. He’s very much of a DINO.  You won’t get M4A or pot legalization from him.

    • 1986 Dawg September 23, 2020 (7:44 am)

      less likely.    The tactics are not used or well-received by the majority of people.   If you change one vote, but annoy 10 other voters, was the outcome worth it?

    • Sarah September 23, 2020 (7:58 am)

      This. 4 more years of You Know Who will sit solidly on the backs of these protests around the US…can we be strategic and pause til Nov? Please?

      • ally cat September 24, 2020 (6:43 pm)

        I understand the concern, but I think you’re wrong on this. These protests aren’t going to drive people who wouldn’t otherwise vote for Trump, to vote for him.

        I think that’s what some would like you to believe, because they don’t want change, and they are tired of hearing about these issues.

        I believe the only way to victory, on these issues, and with the election, is to come together in a stronger, more united, passionate, and courageous way, and continue forward.

        If you support change for racial justice, speak up loud and clear!

        If you think we need a new president, speak up loud and clear!

        Let’s stand up for what is right together, and not be bullied and intimidated into complacent silence.

        • OneTimeCharley September 24, 2020 (7:42 pm)

          True, but they almost certainly will limit the number of moderates who may otherwise cast a vote for Trump’s opponent. Turn them off and maybe they stay at home and not vote at all, when we really could use those in the totals. Really turn them off and they may just go vote for Trump to make a point. The incumbent will try every angle in the next few weeks to incite unrest, as that scheme is most likely to get him an Electoral College victory. Deny him this victory and you may well see him in prison one day. Allow him this victory and no amount of protest will ever matter.

          • ally cat September 24, 2020 (8:57 pm)

            I believe collective strength of character along with action, not backing down from our ideals and our battles, is what will lead to a Democrat win.

            I think rather than focusing on those moderate voters and their feelings of annoyance, we should focus more on energizing younger voters and encouraging and supporting marginalized voters to get out and vote.

            Though I also think being strong and consistent as a party will draw some of those moderate votes.

            I appreciated what Biden said in his nomination acceptance speech, about being ‘an ally to the light.’

            We can’t be an ally of the light by cowering in the dark shadows of opponents.

        • OneTimeCharley September 25, 2020 (2:00 am)

          Thank you for the link, but I have been avoiding The Hill like it’s Fox News for many a year now. I also avoid giving any click revenue, or attention, to The Nation, Breitbart, OAN, Justice Dems’ social media, etc.. Same thing for anything Michael Moore puts his hand too. I prefer editors who’s independent reporting and ethics weren’t captured. That being said, while you and I may never agree on this topic, I hope you and I can agree to support and encourage all people, in every corner of our country, to get out and vote…particularly if they wish to get out and vote Blue up and down their ballot. I also appreciate you explaining your position in a thoughtful way. Be well.

          • ally cat September 25, 2020 (11:10 am)

            I’m not a reader or subscriber of The Hill. I just came across this article in a search, and believe the point being made has some validity, so shared it.

            We can definitely agree on encouraging and supporting all to vote, and I appreciate your speaking up out of concern for the upcoming election. I’m also with you on that. 

            I also don’t disagree that people should be mindful in how they express their views leading up to the election, but I would be concerned about suppressing the Democratic message or allowing the negative rhetoric and attacks from the other side to become oppressive. Protesting and demonstrating isn’t bad or unAmerican, although that is something this president and followers are trying to make appear otherwise, because it benefits him. 

            And strategically, I don’t agree that pandering to moderates is how we win this election.

            Thanks for being respectful in some disagreement, and for your thoughtfulness, and be well, too.

  • Disillusioned September 22, 2020 (10:13 pm)

    Unfortunately, less likely.  I have always voted democratic across the board. Not sure now.    

    • candrewb September 23, 2020 (7:18 am)

      What would it take to be sure?

    • R September 23, 2020 (8:18 am)

      Agreed.  They’re ruining the message. 

    • shotinthefoot September 23, 2020 (9:28 am)

      you’re going to change your core beliefs because you couldn’t get over the bridge? because the protesters hurt your feelings, what? something tells me you never voted Democrat and weren’t planning to this year anyway, but you sure got your point across to those protesters. Own the libs, right, @disillusioned?

      • WSREZ September 23, 2020 (10:13 am)

        DISILLUSIONED likes fascism more!!

    • Nasty Woman 2020 September 23, 2020 (9:56 am)

      @Disillusioned, how can you possibly be not sure at a time more critical than any? Minimally, our democracy, constitution and civil rights are at stake. Police are not going to be defunded, that wording was purposefully chosen to bring attention to ongoing issues of racial bias and brutality. Listen to the words of our own precinct captain who is on record stating they’ve NOT been defunded, budgets are taxed because of Covid-19 and they’re burdened with responding to non-emergency calls better handled by others. https://westseattleblog.com/2020/08/from-police-reform-to-crime-stats-candid-qa-with-new-southwest-precinct-leaders-west-seattle-crime-prevention-council/If EVER there is a time for you to stay the course, it’s now. 

  • Mr K September 22, 2020 (10:23 pm)

    It’s like the protesters say “if you think this is difficult, imagine being black”. Shame on the commenters that are saying open the bridge, your comments are cruel. Protests ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DISRUPTIVE. It’s like you are all privileged or something…

    • Come on, Mr. K September 23, 2020 (6:59 am)

      People use this bridge for emergencies (e.g., to go to the hospital). Have you never had to go to the ER? Have none of your friends or loved ones ever had a heart attack? If you really want to talk about privilege, Mr. K, how privileged is it to say a nighttime protest that makes zero progress toward the intended goal is more important?

      • ally cat September 24, 2020 (6:59 pm)

        Oh come on, ‘come on.’

        Sounds to me like you are reaching here, and trying to create fear.

        WSB, can you fact check this? Were any ambulances unable to get through because of this protest or any other in WS that you’re aware of?

        I would expect if an ambulance needed to get through, protestors would quickly get out of the way and allow them.

        • WSB September 24, 2020 (8:29 pm)

          We covered the Evening March in person about half a dozen times in WS. No emergencies nearby. As for the night of this action this past Tuesday, all I can tell you for sure is there were no fire/medical calls in the area at the time. South Park has an engine and SFD medic unit based there at Station 26 and only one had a call that night, hours earlier.
          http://www2.seattle.gov/fire/realtime911/getRecsForDatePub.asp?incDate=9%2F22%2F2020&rad1=des

          • ally cat September 24, 2020 (10:08 pm)

            Thank you, WSB.

    • Ant September 23, 2020 (8:46 am)

      Is the goal of the protest to annoy, frustrate, and make life as miserable as so many of our non-white neighbors experience on a daily basis, or to drive action come November 3rd? True progress would point to the later. 

    • wscommuter September 23, 2020 (9:10 am)

      @Mr K … It is a useful fabrication, I suppose, to throw out a sweeping accusation that anyone opposed to this protest is “privileged”.   If you think trying to make people feel guilty is a useful tactic to advance a cause, you’re a fool.  People make change because they come to believe in the justness of a cause; not because someone else tries to shame them.  I daresay most of the commentators here critical of the  protesters closing the SPB last night nonetheless support the principles of BLM and want to see change.  But arrogantly condemning those critical of the tactics of blocking the SPB as “privileged” doesn’t advance the cause.  It might give you some smug self-satisfaction in expressing your woke-ness … but just don’t kid yourself that you’re helping a cause you claim to support.  What is really sadly ironic is that if we could see who was inconvenienced trying to get home from  work and such last night, most likely many, if not most users of SPB that time of night, are people who live in that area – more low income and persons of color – the very folks you claim to be championing.  How, precisely, did you and these protesters help those folks?  Pissing people off to make a point rarely persuades people to come to your side.   But keep feeding the right-wing narrative – they love this kind of stupid protest.  Donald Trump thanks you.  

      • CMT September 24, 2020 (7:30 pm)

        100% agree with you WS Commuter.  100% support the principles of BLM.  Totally turned off by the self-proclaimed moral and intellectual superiority of some of its spokespersons.  Will that cause me to discontinue support for the movement?  No, but it sure isn’t helping to educate people or draw them in.

  • Rick September 22, 2020 (10:27 pm)

    Wouldn’t blocking marine traffic enter federal jurisdiction? Oh,almost forgot,Jenny says we don’t need their help. I sincerely the DOJ pursues the previous issues.

  • Elle Nell September 23, 2020 (12:12 am)

    Keep the pedal to the metal!!!
    We have a CULTURAL CANCER !!! EQUALITY NOW!!!
    ✊🖤🌺🇺🇸

    • candrewb September 23, 2020 (7:19 am)

      Equality of outcome or opportunity?

    • nonni September 23, 2020 (9:13 am)

      I’m puzzled by your choice of metaphor. “Keep the pedal to the metal”, traditionally, implies that the driver of a motor vehicle should apply the accelerator, and give it more gas. Are you encouraging the marchers to keep the pressure on, and not let the public at large lapse into apathy?”Equality Now” should also (I’m guessing) imply that individuals should not face discrimination or profiling based upon skin pigmentation. I agree 1000%. That said, what does it teach young African American children to remind them on a daily basis that “white” people are their enemy?For 4 years I lived, as the  (Latina) minority, in a Black neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side. My neighbors went about their lives like anyone else, to work, to the store, to their kids’ school conferences and plays. Cops, of all colors, treated everybody the same, as long as they weren’t packing heat, then rough treatment was seen by any normal person as justifiable and necessary. I lost several friends and acquaintances to gun violence. One neighbor, a Black woman, died of a brain hemorrhage after being pushed to the concrete by a Black man, who grabbed her purse. I don’t know how it came to be that light-skinned people (i.e., European imperialists) decided they should be in charge of the world.  It is an interesting topic for study. America isn’t Europe. No one is supposed to be a ruling class, second class, or “illegal”. Maybe we will need another 50 years to get over our bungling selves, but realistically, enormous strides have been made since the 1960’s. To anyone reading: Don’t let a handful of extremists influence your vote, and lead you to abstain or switch allegiances. That just hands the election to the worst ugly bigot to occupy the Oval Office within any of our lifetimes.

  • Brenda September 23, 2020 (6:13 am)

    Nomore blockingourstreetsperiod

  • Blbl September 23, 2020 (8:32 am)

    For those claiming that these protests are counterproductive, I doubt the mayor would agree with you right now. Defund SPD (more)!

  • Jort September 23, 2020 (9:40 am)

    Yes, as we all know, the only effective protests are the ones where nobody is inconvenienced, ESPECIALLY people driving their cars, because they are the most important and precious of all humans. If the protestors really want to be effective they should just go to a potato field in Moses Lake where they can’t annoy anyone, right?

    • 1986 Dawg September 23, 2020 (8:36 pm)

      Think about the protest. Think about the article/publicity. Think about the comments. At the end of the day, is anyone on this thread talking about the purpose of the protest and what they hoped to accomplish?    is anyone talking about the article and the message that was transmitted? The simple answer is no.     The commenters are talking about the being inconvenienced and the loss of a message.  they’re not talking about the message. Is that an effective tool/method to sell others on change?

    • 1994 September 23, 2020 (10:20 pm)

      Not Moses Lake! The protests should be at places where the government will hear and take notice – like Olympia, or Seattle City Hall. Maybe the protesters could consider candidate campaigning, run for office (democracy vouchers await) or write some of those initiatives to get on the ballot for a vote….organized protests don’t have to take over public spaces – there are other methods.  I support many of the same ideals the protesters do, I just don’t think it is OK to impede others ability to get around.

      • ally cat September 24, 2020 (7:08 pm)

        It’s not just ‘the government’ that needs to listen and change. It’s us, the people.

        There is awareness, understanding, and perspective shifts that will need to occur within individuals and within communities first, to be able to affect larger social and systemic changes.

  • Mj September 23, 2020 (10:12 am)

    This tactic impacts the ability of emergency vehicles to get through and simply is dangerous and needs to be stopped.

    • Lagartija Nick September 23, 2020 (11:27 am)

      You are on record here multiple times pushing for the low bridge to be open to all traffic all the time, that would have far more impact to emergency vehicles than an hour long closure of the SPB. This is pure hypocrisy on your part.

  • Ms. Sparkles September 23, 2020 (2:39 pm)

    I agree that blocking roadways (without a permit) is not an effective way to win people to your cause.  It is effective at drawing attention to a problem; so the question is what is which is “Every Day March” trying to accomplish?  I was already aware of and generally supportive of the BLM & Defund the Police movements, so it hasn’t raised my awareness, only my ire.  It’s guaranteed that I won’t participate in events they promote. 

  • LKJ September 23, 2020 (2:40 pm)

    Let’s keep it up, protesters! This work is purposeful. Ignore the armchair protest tactic police. Black Lives Matter!

  • jonathan vogel September 23, 2020 (4:47 pm)

    Just keep this up and you push the election towards Mister Orange Hair. Yes, annoying people is effective….. effectively creating annoyance. Annoyed people voting gives you the opposite of what you are wanting

  • Mj September 23, 2020 (4:49 pm)

    Lagartija – I have never stated support opening the Low Level bridge to all traffic all the time.  Yes it should be open to motorcyclists and professional medical care staff and be more fully utilized than what SDoT is currently allowing.  

  • anonyme September 23, 2020 (5:29 pm)

    WSCommuter, your comments are way too reasonable for this discussion.

  • oakley34 September 25, 2020 (12:39 pm)

    If you are the big tree we are the small axe ready to cut you down.  End police impunity. Justice NOW.

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