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November 15, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Police arrest 6 Occupy Seattle marchers

Occupy Seattle protesters occupy the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Pine Street at rush hour on Tuesday (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

UPDATE  9:37 PM: Police now say they arrested a total of six people.

A man assaulted an officer near Third Avenue and Wall Street, and was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of charges of assault on an officer, police said.

In addition, near Fifth Avenue and Wall Street, another man threw an unknown liquid into an officer’s face, police said. The man was arrested and booked into jail for investigation of failure to disperse and assault on an officer.

The officer was not injured.

More details on one of the juveniles arrested: the youth was carrying a stick with a flag on it and had obstructed traffic near Fifth Avenue and Wall Street, police said. He was arrested and released to a family member.

Police said, “Pepper spray was deployed only against subjects who were either refusing a lawful order to disperse or engaging in assaultive behavior toward officers.”

UPDATE: A 19-year-old woman who was three months pregnant was taken to Harborview Medical Center by private ambulance.

She had been pepper-sprayed and “was saying she was cramping,” said Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department.

The woman was one of 11 people treated by Fire Department medics for pepper spray, he said. None were seriously injured.

Medics treated eight people in Belltown about 4:30 p.m. and three others, including the pregnant woman, near Westlake Park at about 6:15 p.m.

Occupy Seattle has its own medic team, which used a solution including Maalox, to treat others who had been pepper-sprayed, Moore said.

EARLIER POST: Seattle police used pepper spray and arrested at least four people Tuesday during a march by Occupy Seattle protesters.

Protesters, who said they were showing their solidarity with fellow activists in New York City, complained about the use of pepper spray.

The protesters left Seattle Central Community College, their base, at about 3:45 p.m. and marched to the Belltown neighborhood.

As they headed north in the 2300 block of 3rd Avenue, police issued numerous warnings to them get off the street and onto the sidewalk, said police spokesman Detective Jeff Kappel.

A 17-year-old used a stick to swing at an officer but missed, Kappel said. As officers moved in to arrest her, other protesters got in the way, he said.

Police used pepper spray to clear the area so they could arrest the 17-year-old, who was taken to the Youth Service Center for investigation of charges of assaulting an officer.

Additionally, a 17-year-old male was arrested for pedestrian interference, police said. He also will be booked into the Youth Service Center.

Demonstrators then marched to 5th Avenue and Pine Street, where they blocked the intersection until about 6 p.m., forcing traffic to be re-routed. Police gave a warning over a public-address system, then once again cleared protesters from the intersection using pepper spray. They also used their bicycles to keep protesters on the sidewalk and in Westlake Park.

“We are a non-violent movement,” the protesters chanted at one point.

Two adults — one male and one female — were arrested for pedestrian interference, Kappel said. Shortly before 7 p.m., the marchers headed back to Seattle Central.

Protesters said a pregnant woman had been pepper-sprayed, and KOMO-TV showed a photograph of an elderly woman who appeared to have suffered from spray in her eyes. A Seattle Fire Department aid car was on the scene.

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