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Black Lives Matter Protesters Shut Down Bernie Sanders Speech in Seattle

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Seattle Times have reported:

Black Lives Matter interrupted the planned speech for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at Westlake Park on Saturday afternoon. Sanders left without delivering his speech.

A Seattle speech by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was pre-empted in a chaotic confrontation Saturday afternoon with a handful of Black Lives Matter protesters, who took the stage and refused to let him speak.

As the star attraction at a rally for expanding Social Security and Medicare, Sanders was just starting to address the crowd, thanking Seattle for being “one of the most progressive cities in the United States of America.”

That’s as far as he got, as a pair of women walked onstage and grabbed the microphone.

“If you do not listen… your event will be shut down,” one of the protesters told organizers, who at first argued that they could speak after Sanders, but relented and said they could go first.

Read full story here at seattletimes.com

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, right, waits to resume speaking after the Westlake Park stage is taken over by "Black Lives Matter" activists Mara Jacqueline Willaford, second from left, and Marissa Johnson, center.  Rally organizer and emcee Robby Stern, left, allowed them to speak but Sen. Sanders was not able to return to the podium, left the stage, walked through the crowd of supporters and then left in a car.  Saturday August 8 2015,
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, right, waits to resume speaking after the Westlake Park stage is taken over by “Black Lives Matter” activists Mara Jacqueline Willaford, second from left, and Marissa Johnson, center. Rally organizer and emcee Robby Stern, left, allowed them to speak but Sen. Sanders was not able to return to the podium, left the stage, walked through the crowd of supporters and then left in a car.
Saturday August 8 2015,

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