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October 22, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Protesters burn flag, march on Seattle’s Capitol Hill to protest police brutality

Women hold signs and shout as they stand near Seattle Police's East Precinct during an anti-police brutality march which began at Seattle Central Community College and weaved through the streets of Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. A crowd of about 80 marched from Seattle Central.  (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Protesters hold signs and shout as they stand near Seattle Police’s East Precinct during an anti-police brutality march which began at Seattle Central Community College and weaved through the streets of Capitol Hill on Tuesday night. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Protesters burned an American flag and sprayed stink spray on a television crew at a rally against police brutality on Seattle’s Capitol Hill Tuesday night.

Aside from an unhappy cameraman, whose coat reeked, there were no casualties.

Leaders speaking at the rally called for a revolution to bring justice for hundreds of people killed by police across the country every year. The rally¬†preceded a march to the Seattle police’s East Precinct and wound up at the intersection of East Olive and Broadway, where it dispersed around 8 p.m.

At its peak the rally drew around 70 people, fewer than in recent years. After nearly an hour of different speakers talking about the various problems in America, it dwindled to about 40 before the march began.

Those burning a flag and spraying TV crews weren’t too interested in the speakers.

“More,” one said excitedly to another, who was pouring rubbing alcohol on the burning flag. “What else are you gonna do, listen to them (the speakers)?”

During the march, a heated argument broke out between anarchists and communists in the group over whose revolution would be most effective.

An Occupy Wall Street protester set up a tent at the corner of Broadway and Olive, successfully blocking traffic for about 10 minutes until officers ordered him to move, and he complied.

Check out a photo gallery of the rally and the march.

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