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  1. Protesters gather outside Capitol in Olympia, Washington

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    Protesters gather outside Capitol in Olympia, Washington. A supporter of President Donald Trump listens to speakers during a rally, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Protesters from several causes rallied Sunday at the Capitol, which was secured with a perimeter fence and National Guard members, the day before the 2021 ...

  2. Protesters Gather Outside Capitol in Olympia, Washington ...

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    Jan 10, 2021 · OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Several dozen protesters gathered Sunday afternoon outside Washington state's Capitol building, which is surrounded by temporary fencing and National Guard members.

  3. Protesters gathered outside Capitol in Olympia, Washington ...

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    Jan 11, 2021 · Protesters gathered outside Capitol in Olympia, Washington state, Sunday ... The group, part of a larger protest that was taking place in downtown Olympia, left after several minutes of exchanging ...

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  4. Protesters gather outside Capitol in Olympia, Washington ...

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    Jan 10, 2021 · Protesters gather outside Capitol in Olympia, Washington Some opposed vaccines and building’s closure to the public; others supported President Donald Trump. Sunday, January 10, 2021 3:53pm

  5. Feb 04, 2021 · Police arrest twelve activists demanding housing for the homeless in Olympia, Washington. Claude Delphian. 4 February 2021 ... THN undertook a similar occupation-style protest on December 25, 2020 ...

  6. Feb 01, 2021 · Police in Olympia, Washington, said they removed dozens of homeless activists after they "forcibly occupied" a downtown hotel to secure housing for some of the city's homeless population.. At 11 a ...

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  7. Protesters gather outside Capitol in Olympia, Washington ...

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    Jan 10, 2021 · An armed supporter of President Donald Trump speaks casually with a Washington State Patrol trooper during a rally, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Protesters from several ...

  8. Olympia Fourth of July protest sets off discussion about ...

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    Jul 04, 2020 · Protester gather on the steps of the Capitol building in Olympia Washington after marching from Woodruff park on the west side. At the Capitol, organizers set up speakers and a microphone for ...

    • The Evolution of Local Protests
    • Groups with Guns
    • Police Chief: We Don’T Need Your Help
    • Speaking Out Against Armed Groups
    • More on The Groups Showing Up Armed
    • An Ongoing Investigation
    • Do The Armed Groups Violate State Law?

    Krystafer Brown and Rory Summerson say they have been out in Olympia almost every night since local protests began. Brown was the primary organizer of a candlelight vigil and marchhere in honor of Floyd May 29. Summerson is a candidate for Thurston County Commission. They’re both part of South Sound Street Medics, a volunteer group Brown co-founded soon after the protests and one of a few organized groups that offer aid to anyone who needs it at the demonstrations. There have been a wide array of local events, including open-mic nights at Sylvester Park, a noise demo at the county jail, gatherings on the Capitol Campus, miles-long marches, and community workshops. Many demonstrators calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality advocate for reducing funding for police in a way that protects citizens but doesn’t send an armed officer to address every issue. Others call to abolish police completely, saying through their chanting and signs that the system cannot be fixed. T...

    Small groups of people open-carrying large guns showed up at the rallies and demonstrations in the beginning, back in late May and early June. In mid-June, men wearing neon yellow shirts emblazoned with “peacekeeper” on the front and back began appearing. A few of the men told The Olympian they were associated with the local group American Wolf. Peter Diaz, who leads the group, told The Olympian he supplied them with paintball guns, bear mace, zip ties, and flashlights. He also openly carries a pistol. He arrived to an interview with The Olympian in a limousine with an American Wolf decal on its side, which he called his “mobile office.” He said the group had been at protests to step in if there was danger to people or property because he believes Olympia police aren’t allowed to do so. At first, they carried automatic rifles, he said. But starting in mid-June, the plan was if they saw a protester damaging property, they would detain that person and take a photo of their face or ID...

    In a phone interview, Interim Police Chief Jelcick told The Olympian department leadership intentionally shifted strategies for crowd control at the protests, and that they don’t want help from armed citizen groups. Early on, a couple of the protests escalated — late-night confrontations ended with police using flash bangs, pepper balls, and, once, tear gas to disperse crowds. The Olympia City Council has since banned the use of chemical weaponsas a crowd-control tactic during the pandemic. Department leadership recognized that the focus of the movement is police reform, Jelcick told The Olympian, and that he thinks the department’s presence was “contributing to the emotion and the tension and some of the anger.” So, leaders made officers less visible in places “where people are trying to have a voice and really talk about these things, which are really raw still in our community” in hopes that it would provide “a sense of peace and calm.” But, he said, that doesn’t mean the departm...

    On June 19, 33 local public officials attached their names to a letter titled “Thurston Leaders Unite Against Vigilantism,” formally opposing “the presence of armed vigilantes patrolling our communities” and calling on business, faith, nonprofit, and neighborhood leaders to do the same. Local faith leaders who are part of Concerned Clergy of Olympia have affixed their names to their own letter denouncing the groups’ presence, as have 68 local businesses. More than 1,800 citizens had signed that same letter in an online petition as of Thursday. The letter from public officials specifically calls out groups American Wolf, Proud Boys, and Three Percenters. “They have created a climate of fear for our residents, particularly residents of color, local businesses, and all who are nonviolently protesting against police brutality and centuries of racial injustice,” the letter reads. “Their presence has not contributed positively in any way to the protests.” The officials encourage residents...

    Armed groups have been showing up to protests not just in Olympia, but across the state and beyond. David Neiwert, a journalist and author who has covered far-right extremist movements in the region since the 1990s, recently appeared on local podcast The Olympia Standard, hosted by Emmett O’Connell and council member Madrone. During the interview, Neiwert said there has recently been a “blurring of the lines” between ideologies at far-right events, with people who are part of hard-core white nationalist organizations mingling with members of groups that aren’t typically “overtly racist.” “What we’re really seeing is this kind of congealing of a very heavily armed hard-right faction, and they’re showing up to public events heavily armed and causing a lot of trouble,” Neiwert said in the podcast. Neiwert answered The Olympia Standard hosts’ specific questions about groups called out by public officials here. Proud Boys, Neiwert explained, evolved out of early pro-Trump protests and sh...

    When a photo of an Olympia Police Officer posing with a group of armed menflashing a Three Percenters hand gesture made rounds on social media June 5, it manifested a concern that armed groups showing up at protests are allied with police — an idea refuted by police department leadership. Three Percenters were among a handful of armed groups that responded to a call on social media from west Olympia gun shop Private Sector Arms, said owner Don Teague. He said he does not identify as a member of any militia. Teague told The Olympian he had heard of threats and rumors that his store might be targeted. He was on edge already because of a threatening email he had received that week, which he posted on Facebook. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) also had been warning federal firearms license dealers to watch out after a gun store was burglarized, he said. Three rifles and several boxes of ammunition were stolen from a Big 5 Sporting Goods store in Lakewood May...

    Olympia City Council also is exploring whether the groups violate a state lawconcerning unsanctioned militias. Council member Madrone says she requested the review June 9, after she noticed a petition in the Tri Cities area that cited the law and had collected nearly 12,000 signatures, as well as a letter to the Kennewick City Manager from Mayor Pro-Tem Steve Lee. The law is currently under review by a city attorney, as is a law concerning open-carrying, Madrone said. The council will meet next at 5:30 p.m. July 7.

    • Sara Gentzler
  9. The Appalling Protests at Evergreen State College ...

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    Jun 09, 2017 · Since May 23, the 4,089-student public liberal arts college in Olympia, Washington, has been embroiled in what the media euphemistically call "student protests" over perceived racial grievances.

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