Opposing protesters face-off Saturday outside Seattle City Hall
SEATTLE - Two groups known for violent clashes face-off in a downtown plaza at city hall on Saturday, but police are coordinating a massive response to keep the protests peaceful.
Patriot Prayer is teaming up with 3 Percenters to share their extreme-right message. Anti-fascist groups will be there to oppose them.
Members of Radical Women, the Freedom Socialist Party and antifa groups are ready to denounce Joey Gibson and his Patriot Prayer organization, who they say spout hate speech.
“Their message won't go unanswered in Seattle,” said Annaliza Torres, a counter-protest organizer with the Freedom Socialist Party.
Gibson is bringing his "Liberty or Death" demonstration to the city, with a special emphasis on protecting gun rights.
“I'll probably be open-carrying a pistol,” Gibson said. “You'll probably see a couple of people here and there (armed)."
A recent clash between these groups in Portland left people bloodied before police moved in.
“Obviously there's violence on both sides. I'll be the first to admit that," Gibson said.
Opponents take issue with that characterization.
“Most of the violence is instigated and started by the far right and their attendees,” Torres said.
Gibson said his rally is meant show people how to fix this country, and expects it to be a peaceful day.
Anti-fascist groups said they will be standing guard against hate.
“We are united against bigotry,” Torres said. “We are for, we are for civil liberties."
The rally at city hall will also involve a march through city streets, so expect some mid-day traffic disruptions at the very least for people who are headed into downtown.