6:13 PM: Eli Sanders says it looks like the main protest is over, although he notes that a few stragglers are sticking around in small groups in front of Westlake Mall. Brendan Kiley is heading downtown to watch what, if anything, the remaining protesters do next. We'll be updating our Twitter feed, @strangerslog, with any developing news for the rest of the evening.

5:37 PM: Eli's reporting "murmurs about 'Black Bloc' in the crowd." He says police are "now blocking Westlake entrances and windows."

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  • Eli Sanders

5:25 PM:

Now, a silent protest in front of the tree. Men in black hoods shout at shoppers, Enjoy your slave labor goods! and Go run up your credit cards! Other protesters shush them.
  • Eli Sanders
  • Now, a silent protest in front of the tree. Men in black hoods shout at shoppers, "Enjoy your slave labor goods!" and "Go run up your credit cards!" Other protesters shush them.

5:17 PM:

A ring of police defending the Christmas tree. Ten feet away, circle of protesters chanting, No justice no peace and Shut it down!
  • Eli Sanders
  • A ring of police defending the Christmas tree. Ten feet away, circle of protesters chanting, "No justice no peace" and "Shut it down!"

5:15 PM: Eli Sanders says:

The tree lighting went on with protesters chanting from the Westlake balcony, "Black lives matter" and the announcer saying, "I'm sorry that this has happened." Some in the large crowd of tree-watchers booed the protesters. As families left Westlake Plaza after the tree lighting, a group of protesters on the Westlake Mall balcony chanted, "Anarchy! Anarchy!" Seattle police are now trying to move them off the balcony.

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  • Eli Sanders

5:07 PM: Mayor Ed Murray just released a statement on the Black Friday protests that reads, in its entirety:

While I understand the hurt and frustration that our city has experienced in the past days, this is a city that respects the rule of law. I support the First Amendment rights of protestors, but violence against property or police officers will not be tolerated in our city.

5:03 PM: Brendan Kiley was heading downtown to cover the protests down there, but he learned the police line is still in effect. Reportedly, there are protesters in Westlake Park and in Westlake Mall at this time.

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  • Brendan Kiley

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  • Brendan Kiley

4:59 PM: According to SPD's Twitter feed, a total of five people have been arrested so far.

4:56 PM: This is probably what everyone wanted to get downtown by 5 for: The PI's Joshua Trujillo reports that activists are protesting the lighting of the Christmas tree at Westlake Center.


4:18 PM: Eli reports there's a "loud argument about tactics as men dressed in black, with bandanas on, start to roll out a dumpster for use in confronting police." He says "a woman of color yells at them to stop. They do, but she and her friends leave the protest saying they don't want to be blamed for this, which will reflect badly on everyone."

Heres the dumpster they were arguing over.
  • Eli Sanders
  • Here's the dumpster they were arguing over.

4:16 PM: Eli says the game of cat and mouse between police and protesters continues at Boren. He says the protesters want to get back down to Westlake by 5 pm, but he hasn't heard why that's the deadline.

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  • Eli Sanders

4:10 PM: Meanwhile, back up at Broadway and Pike:

If we dont get it, shut it down: justice for Mike Brown.
  • Brendan Kiley
  • "If we don't get it, shut it down: justice for Mike Brown."

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  • Brendan Kiley

4:06 PM: "Before the current standoff," Eli writes, "protesters ran en masse from Pike to Pine on Boren to try to get back downtown that way." They "were blocked," he says.

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  • Eli Sanders

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4:03 PM: "Some sort of explosive smoke device being used now at Boren and Pine," Eli Sanders writes.

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  • Eli Sanders

3:53 PM: Here are protesters shutting down the Comet.

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  • Brendan Kiley

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  • Brendan Kiley

3:52 PM: This is the scene at Boren and Pike right now:

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  • Eli Sanders

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  • Eli Sanders

3:47 PM: Eli reports there's a standoff at Boren and Pike. Protesters are preparing for tear gas. Eli writes, "Police don't look like they're gonna let them back downtown."

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  • Eli Sanders

3:41 PM: Someone tried to drive a car through the barricade at Pine and Broadway:

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  • Brendan Kiley

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  • Brendan Kiley

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  • Brendan Kiley

3:32 PM: Now Brendan Kiley is reporting that protesters are demonstrating at Capitol Hill businesses like the Comet, Lost Lake, and Caffe Vita. One protester said these businesses are being targeted because their owners have asked for increased police presence in the neighborhood and have specifically complained about black youth.

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  • Brendan Kiley

"When you have more police on the streets," the demonstrator said, "you have more confrontations."

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  • Brendan Kiley

3:20 PM: Brendan Kiley says there was a brief face-off between protesters and police at Broadway and Pine before the police retreated to their corner. Now, he says, the crowd is moving back down Pine toward downtown.

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3:17 PM:

Earlier, when the protesters took over the top floor of Westlake Mall and all you could hear were chants, I noticed these two women chatting away at a table for two as if nothing was going on. Were from Bellingham, Maddie Newman, the woman on the left, told me. We came here to shop. When I said it was amazing that they were managing to continue their conversation, Joanna Newman, right, said: What else can you do? I asked what they thought about the message of the protest. I agree with it, Joanna Newman said. And everyone has a right to their opinion. Im glad. Its the right thing to do--get their point across.
  • Eli Sanders
  • Earlier, when the protesters took over the top floor of Westlake Mall and all you could hear were chants, I noticed these two women chatting away at a table for two as if nothing was going on. "We're from Bellingham," Maddie Newman, the woman on the left, told me. "We came here to shop." When I said it was amazing that they were managing to continue their conversation, Joanna Newman, right, said: "What else can you do?" I asked what they thought about the message of the protest. "I agree with it," Joanna Newman said. "And everyone has a right to their opinion. I'm glad. It's the right thing to do—get their point across."

3:07 PM:

Moment of silence with raised fists at Broadway and Pine.
  • Brendan Kiley
  • Moment of silence with raised fists at Broadway and Pine.

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  • Brendan Kiley

2:47 PM: Here's what SPD is saying about the single reported arrest from the protest:


2:35 PM:

Eli Sanders reports, Ive seen a lot of restraint by Seattle Police so far. When a bike cop accidentally fell, a couple protesters laughed an exaggerated HAHAHA. One said: I hope you got that Obamacare. Bike cops ignored them.
  • Eli Sanders
  • Eli Sanders reports, "I've seen a lot of restraint by Seattle Police so far. When a bike cop accidentally fell, a couple protesters laughed an exaggerated HAHAHA. One said: 'I hope you got that Obamacare.' Bike cops ignored them."

2:28 PM: With regard to that previous SPD tweet, Eli reports that the doors at Pacific Place are not locked at the moment. He just walked out with no problem.

2:26 PM:

Shopper going up, protesters going down at Pacific Place.
  • Eli Sanders
  • Shopper going up, protesters going down at Pacific Place.

2:19 PM: SPD says on Twitter:


2:17 PM:

A worker at Trophy Cupcakes in Pacific Place joins the protest.
  • Eli Sanders
  • A worker at Trophy Cupcakes in Pacific Place joins the protest.

2:12 PM: Eli writes, "Kelly O reports seeing one arrest. And at Pacific Place, mall security had been trying to lock doors shut before protesters could get in. They didn't succeed."

2:09 PM:

One of the placards on the Pacific Place escalators: We shall overcome.
  • Eli Sanders
  • One of the placards on the Pacific Place escalators: "We shall overcome."

2:08 PM: Here's the scene in front of Nordstrom:

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  • Kelly O

2:05 PM:

Now the protesters are moving on to Pacific Place.
  • Eli Sanders
  • Now the protesters are moving on to Pacific Place.

2:03 PM: Kelly O has more photos from the protest inside Westlake:

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  • Kelly O

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  • Kelly O

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  • Kelly O

1:59 PM:

Protesters are trying to get into the bus tunnel. Some people were pepper sprayed as police were trying to close gate.
  • Eli Sanders
  • Protesters are trying to get into the bus tunnel. Some people were pepper sprayed as police were trying to close gate.

1:50 PM:

Chanting Justice for Mike Brown, if we dont get it shut it down.
  • Eli Sanders
  • Chanting "Justice for Mike Brown, if we don't get it shut it down."

Hands up, dont shop outside Lush.
  • Eli Sanders
  • "Hands up, don't shop" outside Lush.

1:43 PM:

Theres an echoing chant of black lives matter! at the top of Westlake.
  • Eli Sanders
  • There's an echoing chant of "black lives matter!" at the top of Westlake.

One female protester is alternating that chant with Seahawks matter!
  • Eli Sanders
  • One female protester is alternating that chant with "Seahawks matter!"

1:40 PM:

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  • Kelly O

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  • Kelly O

1:38 PM:

Protesters are going up the escalators at Westlake.
  • Eli Sanders
  • Protesters are going up the escalators at Westlake.

1:37 PM:

Protesters shouted circle up! and began blocking the intersection of 5th and Union. Blocked cars are occasionally honking and theres an Occupy-style mic check going on in which protesters appear to be sharing a phone number for legal assistance in case of arrest.
  • Eli Sanders
  • Protesters shouted "circle up!" and began blocking the intersection of 5th and Union. Blocked cars are occasionally honking and there's an Occupy-style "mic check" going on in which protesters appear to be sharing a phone number for legal assistance in case of arrest.

Now protesters are walking through traffic back down 5th toward Westlake. Lots more honking cars.
  • Eli Sanders
  • Now protesters are walking through traffic back down 5th toward Westlake. Lots more honking cars.

And theyre going into the mall.
  • Eli Sanders
  • And they're going into the mall.

1:33 PM: Kelly O says the scene at Westlake Park right now is a sea of umbrellas.

See? Umbrellas!
  • Kelly O
  • See? Umbrellas!

Meanwhile, there are cops everywhere:

Holly Jolly Christmas was playing as Kelly O took this photo. Look at that poor sad dog!
  • Kelly O
  • "Holly Jolly Christmas" was playing as Kelly O took this photo. Look at that poor sad dog!

1:27 PM:

Kelly O says downtown is getting "blasted with rain" right now. Eli says "Protesters are marching up Fourth Ave," even as "holiday shoppers are snapping photos" of them.

Marching up Fourth Ave.
  • Eli Sanders
  • Marching up Fourth Ave.

1:23 PM:

Who are we? Mike Brown!
  • Eli Sanders
  • "Who are we? Mike Brown!"

1: 22 PM: Eli Sanders and Kelly O are at Westlake Park for the #BlackLivesMatterFriday protest. We'll be updating this post with their reports as they come, with the posts running in reverse chronological order.