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Seattle Closes Park and Prevents Prayer Meetings, Still Allow Protests in Parks

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A prayer rally at the city’s famed Gas Works Park was planned for Labor Day, but before it could be held, a sudden notice from the city declared the park would be closed.

A Sept. 4 notice posted by the city announced a “temporary closure” of the park, citing “anticipated crowding that could impact the public health of residents.”

“Out of concerns for the safety of all those who visit Gas Works Park we have opted to close the entire park for the day,” Seattle Parks and Recreation noted.

The same city that has allowed people to protest and riot for months announced it suddenly “does not allow unpermitted public events to take place in Seattle parks.”

On Saturday and Sunday, rallies were held in parks across the city, including a “Trump/Pence Out Now” march from Westlake Park and a rally at Cal Anderson Park to “protest the reprehensible treatment of Seattle’s most marginalized communities by the Seattle Police Department.”

Rallies backing the Black Lives Matter movement also took to the streets and parks to protest on Monday, according to The Seattle Times.

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