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October 8, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Columbus Day protesters march in downtown Seattle

About 200 people, many of them Native Americans denouncing the annual Columbus Day holiday, marched down Fourth Avenue this afternoon from Westlake Park to a spot near Seattle Center. They are gathering at the site where a totem pole was raised in February in memory of John T. Williams, a Native American artist who was gunned down by Seattle Police Officer Ian Birk in August 2010.

From the totem pole site, the group is to continue its march to the Seattle waterfront, where there is a bronze statue of Christopher Columbus near the Seattle Aquarium, at Alaskan Way and Union Street.  It does not appear the marchers have a permit from the city, and theexact route from Seattle Center to the waterfront is unknown.

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