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Over 100 protesters block Seattle’s University Bridge

Dec 14, 2023, 6:00 PM | Updated: 7:02 pm

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The protest on University Bridge. (Photo: Laura Scott, KIRO Newsradio)

(Photo: Laura Scott, KIRO Newsradio)

Over 100 protesters fully blocked Seattle’s University Bridge Thursday evening for several hours during the rush hour commute.

“This protest on the University Bridge started at about 4 p.m. when a group of about 100 protesters, mostly Jewish and some Palestinians, blocked the bridge with cars and then unfurled a huge banner calling for a ceasefire,” KIRO Newsradio reporter James Lynch said.

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The protesters left the scene around 6:30 p.m.

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) cameras showed demonstrators blocking both sides of bridge in two separate groups on either side with a banner reading “the whole world is watching.”

The protesters appear to belong to a group known as Jewish Voice For Peace Seattle (JVPS).

According to a press release from JVPS sent out shortly after the demonstration began, protesters are calling for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.

“This action is part of Jews across the nation who are shutting down bridges to call for a ceasefire,” one protestor told KIRO Newsradio.

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Police were on the scene, but did not make any arrests.

Contributing: KIRO 7

This is a developing story — we will provide more information as it becomes available.

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