— Mike Griffith (@PhotogGriff) June 30, 2018
Today’s protest march against Hair Fuhrer’s immigration policy was at the Sea-Tac Detention Center, which is conveniently located about a block off of the light rail system in the City of Sea-Tac (and yes, it is it’s own city). It was very convenient and thoughtful of the feds to put it so close to the station!
A rumor in the crowd was that there were separated families in the facility. If true, I hope that they could see out to the protest to know that we were there in solidarity.
I have no idea how many people attended, as the only vantage point to seeing all of it would be from the detention facility itself (which indeed had what looked to be snipers on the roof), and as it is some sort of federal facility adjacent to the airport, there were no news helicopters flying overhead. The crowd size will be disputed no matter what. It always is disputed. I think they WANT it disputed, but that seems obvious.
But the only metric for attendance I can give comes from Sound Transit who operates the light rail system. Each car can have a maximum load capacity of 250 persons, and each 3-car train arriving in 10-minute intervals was full, so 750 new protestors every ten minutes all morning. There were many stations where people could not board the train I was on, or at least the car as the SRO maximum was obvious.
I would say that there were several thousands of people at any given moment, but I don’t think it got into the tens of thousands at any point. Maybe over the course of the protest (between 11 AM and 2 PM), but not all at once. People were still arriving as I was leaving.
Again, because the facility and protest was next to the airport, I couldn’t hear the speeches, nor did I know who was speaking, and due to the topography, I could not see the stage, but it was a good showing, and I think just being present was a positive thing to do.
(UPDATE: The Seattle Times, which is, strangely, a conservative paper gave the crowd size at 10,000 people. So, you know, probably more.)