5 people were arrested as fights pennyless out and at least one United states flag was burned Saturday following a college Republican rally in Seattle drew counter-protesters.
College Republicans on the University of Washington had asked members of Patriot Prayer, an organization in Vancouver, Wash., to talk in the university’s Red Square to get a “freedom rally, ” the Seattle Occasions reported .
The goals were to provide conservatives together and promote free-speech rights, College Republicans President Chevy Swanson told the Times. As the occasion got underway, supporters chanted “U-S-A!, U-S-A!, ” and signs incorporated one that read, “We died just for liberty not socialism. ”
But more than 1, 000 counter-protesters showed up to oppose the event.
“I learned that they thought my election was a hate crime, ” Kathryn Townsend, who said she identified for Donald Trump in 2016, informed Seattle’s Q13 Fox .
“I found that they thought my vote was obviously a hate crime. ”
Some counter-protesters voiced their goals.
“ We’ re right here to fight back against the far correct and fascism on our campus, ” one counter-protester said.
Added another: “ I’ m not a fan of the chief executive, and these people are fans. So I wish to come out here and say this is simply not OK. And what you’ re carrying out is not OK. ”
After several skirmishes broke out, police responded along with pepper spray. University of Wa police said those arrested had been charged with disorderly conduct.
No officials were injured, they said.
University officials had been worried about the potential for violence at the move, and the school’s president had cautioned students to avoid the area.
The Connected Press contributed to this report.