A local Black Lives Matter chapter in Seattle organised a «March of Silence» as part of the city's general strike on Friday in support of racial justice and equality.
Arriving in a park in South Seattle, the group marched through the city's Beacon Hill neighbourhood, a historically ethinically-diverse area, carrying a banner reading «March of Silence, Louder than Ever.»
«This is a melting pot of people from different backgrounds, ethnicities. From all over the world, all over the place, different religions, different orientations. This is beautiful. This is us coming together for one common cause,» said Dominique Davis, CEO of a local non-profit that helps at-risk youth avoid incarceration.
Organisers listed some of their demands during the protest, including the recognition of racism as a public health crisis in Washington state.
Many businesses closed during the general strike, and Seattle's Capitol Hill neighbourhood is currently home to an 'autonomous zone' that has taken control of a police precinct during the unrest.
Protests have been taking place in the US and around the world since the death of 46-year-old George Floyd during a police encounter in Minneapolis on May 25, reigniting the Black Lives Matter movement, which denounces a pattern of unarmed black men, women and children killed by police.