By Melissa Lin
Photos and video by Carla Bell

August 16, 2017

Tensions were high at Westlake Park in Seattle last Saturday, August 13 as hundreds stood on opposing sides of two political rallies just one day after the terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia during which a woman and two police officers were killed.

A group called Patriot Prayer put on a demonstration called “Freedom Rally Seattle” to protest communist ideologies and “promote freedom, free speech, and the power of the human soul,” according to the Facebook event. The conservative pro-Trump group’s members are largely criticized as being far-right extremists.

It is estimated that nearly 1,000 people joined the “Solidarity Against Hate” counter-protest.

No major injuries were reported, though three individuals were arrested and many others were hit with pepper spray deployed by Seattle police.

A sign on the ground reads, “ANTIFA go away! Ha Ha Ha.” AntiFa is a shortened term for anti-fascism.

A woman wearing a “white silence equals white violence—Black Lives Matter,” t-shirt holds a sign reading “If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other.”

A sign reads, “There is no they / There is only US.”

 

 

A man wears a hoodie that reads, “When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.”

A woman holds a sign that reads, “Halt the Alt Right.”

A woman holds a sign that reads, “We are all children of God, Allah, The Source.”