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Police appear to be unconcerned about this crowd.
So far, N30 is looking pretty anemic in Seattle. At Westlake Park, site of some of the

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Whose Streets? Shoppers' Streets! The WTO Anniversary Fizzles in Seattle

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Police appear to be unconcerned about this crowd.
So far, N30 is looking pretty anemic in Seattle. At Westlake Park, site of some of the most intense protests and mass arrests ten years ago, only a few dozen folks have showed up today for a Climate Justice & Fair Trade Event that started at noon and is the main Seattle event marking the WTO anniversary. Seattle police are so un-alarmed as to be nowhere in sight. A pair of people picketing Chase bank for its climate-change crimes were outnumbered several-fold by people taking their picture.

Of course, it's a slow Monday all around. Even the holiday carousel on the other side of Westlake Park was nearly empty during lunchtime. Still, it's a demonstration of just how much the energized moment has passed in Seattle. The new street action is happening in Geneva, where the WTO is meeting this week.

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No tear gas needed to keep him in line.
Meanwhile former Seattle Weekly columnist Geov Parrish, who correctly anticipated the mayhem that happened ten years ago, is predicting that the big, international meeting on climate change next month in Copenhagen will turn into "another Seattle."

Forecasting "another Seattle" is apparently a protest-movement sport similar to the now 20-year-old game of picking the music world's "next Seattle". And while some local music industry people hilariously declared Seattle to be the next Seattle back at 2004's South by Southwest, one thing's for sure today: Seattle is not likely to be the site of "another Seattle" anytime soon.

 
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