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Hundreds of Protesters Face Off in Seattle Over Gun Reform Initiative

Hundreds of protesters on each side of the street were separated Saturday afternoon by metal barriers and police officers

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    Supporters of a rally held by members of Patriot Prayer and other groups advocating for gun rights yell and cheer, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at City Hall in Seattle.

    Right-wing demonstrators gathered Saturday in Seattle for a "Liberty or Death" rally that drew counter-protesters from the left while dozens of police kept the two sides separated, NBC News reported.

    The right-wing groups Washington 3 Percenters and Patriot Prayer were holding the rally outside Seattle City Hall to protest an effort to launch a gun-control initiative that would raise the age in Washington state for people buying semi-automatic rifles.

    The left-wing groups Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity, Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party were rallying at the same site. 

    Hundreds of protesters on each side of the street were separated Saturday afternoon by metal barriers and police officers as the left-wing protesters yelled and used cowbells and sirens to try to drown out speeches from the right-wing side. Three men were arrested, all for misdemeanor assault, Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, a Seattle police spokesman, told the Seattle Times.