Despite the statement Mayor McGinn posted regarding our occupation, specifically being told that we will not be allowed to have tents after this afternoon, and the presence of police not once but twice throughout the day there were no arrests during day 4. Many of us were certain there would be. As of 4am on day 5 there has been no police presence since around 9pm and no arrests have been made.
There are two protests scheduled to be held in Westlake in the next week that Mayor McGinn mentioned in his statement, using them as reasons to evict us from Westlake. The protests are put on by ANSWER Seattle and Native Peoples’ Alliance with Friends and Allies respectively.
Jane Cutter of ANSWER Seattle stated, “We urge no one to be fooled by this transparent attempt to pit progressive causes against each other. We see the Occupy Seattle protest as being one and the same with our planned Oct. 7 protest against the 10th anniversary of the Afghan War. In fact, our young ANSWER activists in New York City were among those arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge on Oct. 1 with the Occupy Wall Street protest. It’s time to ‘unoccupy Afghanistan’ and support the poor, not the war.
“Similarly, our brothers and sisters in the Native Peoples Alliance with Friends and Allies, which is hosting the Oct. 8 Indigenous People’s Day event, see the Occupy Seattle protest for social justice as interconnected with their cause which is justice for Indigenous people and political prisoners.”
Of course, those of us occupying Westlake will not just tolerate the protests but welcome them, and no doubt many of us will join in as well. We all stand together.