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A mob of people marched through downtown Seattle on the evening of Jan. 20 after President Joe Biden was inaugurated. The members of the riots were made up of BLM and Antifa as well as other anti-fascist marchers.

A mob of people marched through downtown Seattle on the evening of Jan. 20 after President Joe Biden was inaugurated. The members of the riots were made up of BLM and Antifa as well as other anti-fascist marchers.

The march was held to protest U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but many showed off banners and yelled chants opposing the police and President Biden. Although the Biden Administration previously stated t they would not abolish the ICE agency, activists yelled out and dropped fliers calling for its termination. 

Over 100 people gathered around 5 p.m. in front of a building that holds the offices of ICE agents and Federal Immigration Court. What may have started as protests turned into a riot as many began to break windows, vandalize buildings, block roads and even publicly burn American flags. 

Before the protest began, one participant voiced that the Biden administration can’t be counted on for “meaningful change.” The activist did not think immigration should be enforced violently but said that social workers or other people could address immigration problems, instead of law enforcement.  

Among the buildings vandalized in the march were banks, the Nakamura Federal Courthouse, Amazon Go stores, and the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market.

By 6 p.m. two rioters had been arrested: a 22-year-old man suspected of property damage, and a 29-year-old woman accused of assault and kicking an officer. After the first two arrests, the group cut in half as over 40 protestors made their way downtown. 

By 8 p.m., a third rioter, a 33- year- old-man was arrested for investigation of burglary and for the property damage of the original Starbucks location.

After all three arrests, police officers lined the vandalized buildings and protestors chanted at them, “We protect people, you protect property.”

This was not the only march on Inauguration Day. In Portland, over 200 Antifa activists marched through the southeast part of the city vandalizing the Democratic Party of Oregon’s headquarters. This group gathered at 2 p.m. and were immediately met by police officers on bikes. 

Eight people were arrested at the riot. Their charges range from criminal mischief, possession of a destructive device, riot, to reckless burning. 

Written ByHaley Weger

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