Occupy Seattle protesters pepper sprayed

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 15, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 17 at 12:33 PM

SEATTLE -- Seattle Police released pepper spray on groups of Occupy Seattle protesters twice Tuesday evening.

Video from an incident in Belltown around 4:45 p.m. shows protesters closing in on about a dozen officers on bicycles, getting within feet of them. Officers pepper sprayed the crowd, dispersing the protesters.

According to Seattle Police, they were attempting to arrest a 17-year-old woman who swung a stick at them and missed. Officers said protesters hindered their efforts, forcing them to release pepper spray.

The protesters yelled at officers, and chanted, "The whole world is watching," and "Whose streets? Our streets."

The protest group continued marching toward downtown, where they held a sit-in near Westlake Park, blocking the intersection of 5th Avenue and Pine during rush hour.

Officers met up with the group there as well and used a loudspeaker to order protesters to vacate. Around 6:00 p.m. pepper spray was once again released into the crowd to disperse them.

Handfuls of protesters had water or milk poured into their eyes and noses to relieve the burning.

Protesters said their march was to show solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protesters, who were vacated from Zuccotti Park in Manhattan today.

In total, four protesters were arrested by Seattle Police.

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