Council hopeful Sawant arrested during anti-eviction protest | The Seattle Times

by Brian M. Rosenthal

Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant was arrested Wednesday afternoon while protesting an eviction in South Park, according to her campaign.

Sawant was blocking King County sheriff’s deputies from evicting Jeremy Griffin at around 1:15 p.m. when she was arrested, according to her campaign manager, Ramy Khalil.

Three others were arrested, including 86-year-old Occupy Seattle activist Dorli Rainey, Khalil said. All four were released later in the afternoon. It’s unclear if any charges will be filed.

About 30 people were involved in the protest at the home where Griffin has lived for eight years. He ultimately was evicted.

Sawant, a 40-year-old economics professor and socialist, is challenging 16-year incumbent Richard Conlin.

In a statement after her arrest, Sawant said, “I call on everyone who feels that working people should not be kicked out of their homes to satisfy the banks’ drive for profit, should join the struggle to fight foreclosures and evictions in Seattle.”

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