SeaTac Airport was invaded this evening around 1800 hours PST when those claiming to be Muslim Ban Protesters turned violent. The event was kicked off with the detainment of those in major airports, but mainly in the Brooklyn airport of Terminal 4.
Protesters were seen blocking exits so passengers and employees were trapped inside with Police Officers, while chanting, screaming, shouting and interfering with airport operations. The airport was eventually shutdown. Employees had to be escorted out by Police.
Other airports in Portland (OR), Denver (CO), San Francisco (CA), O’Hare (Chicago, IL), JFK (NY), DFW (TX), Brooklyn (NY) and among others were also targeted.
Those whom were most impacted was a male who went into a Diabetic episode who had to be protected from the hoards of protesters; a male who had a bump on his head but refused aid; to one of the suspects who had a cut on his hand.
It was very difficult for Police Officers to get the Fire Department into the area where those needed it most.
PROTESTING IN NUMBERS
The protest was said to have over 2-3,000 protesters in the many terminals eventually shutting down the entire airport facility altogether.
After those who had been detained at U.S. airports were said not to be deported, were still being detained and some were moved to another location. Some media outlets had indicated several detainees had been released but were waiting for court dates. The ACLU was working to represent the many people who had come through the airport on Saturday, January 25, 2017.
The POTUS along with the Speaker of the House, both released statements that the order was not an “order to ban all Muslim people”. However, not many people around the world were believing what Government officials were saying.
HUGE POLICE PRESENCE
Officers from mutual aid Agencies were called to help with manpower, crowd control and assisting with arrests. During multiple times, Officers requested a fast back-up or also known as “Officers needs assistance”. Law Enforcement Officers arrived from the Port of Seattle PD (Seatac Airport), Seattle PD, Bellevue PD, Kent PD, Tukwila PD, King County Sheriff Office (KCSO), Normandy Park PD and Washington State Patrol (WSP).
“”If you aren’t willing to risk arrest, this may be time for you to leave.” Police prepping zip cuffs on periphery of protest.” – Media
We saw on numerous images that possibly up to 10 people were arrested but only heard four had been arrested on scanner feeds and via other sources.
The Incident Commander discussed plans of releasing some outside resources around 1230 PST. Seattle Police Department secondary assets were being released first as they are said to be dealing with protests on Sunday.
Around midnight, Protesters were openly discussing their strategy for the evening to either 1) to join a larger group on the property or 2) to leave 100-200 protesters at the airport for the night and bring in more people in the morning.
About 30-40 protesters remained in certain areas, while about 300 were said to be in the largest part of the airport.
At the time of this post, protesters were still in full force at the airport causing problems for passengers, airlines, their staff and for Fire and Police Officers.
“I’m stuck on a tarmac just landed at and we are not allowed off the plane due to protesters. I’m fine with that.” – Arriving Passenger
Hashtags – #SeaTac #MuslimBanProtest #OccupyAirports
From the moment, protesters descended on all major airports, here is what they were saying about SeaTac Airport in SeaTac, Washington near Seattle.
“Officers, some wearing riot gear, have detained several protesters.” – Media
“The unity shown across all major city airports throughout the US is heartwarming.” – Twitter user
“Attention: Protests appear to be getting out of hand.” – Twitter user
“Police using pepper spray on protesters to push them back from the terminal. Using bikes as barriers.” – Media
“Watching police back away from protesters with cameras is a powerful sight.” – Media
“This airport is closed. Seattle shutting Trump down.” – Media
“Seattle District Court Judge grants Emergency Stay on Motion of Removal. Great work by -WA and .” – Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee
(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 00:40 Hours PST