A Mayor was rushed out of a City Hall in Washington state after protesters ripped down an American flag before storming the building during a rally against plans to clean-up a homeless encampment.
Mayor Seth Fleetwood of Bellingham was escorted out of the building to safety Friday morning when a group of around 20 people entered the main lobby, according to KIRO7.
Bellingham Police arrived and asked the protesters to leave.
Bellingham Police Lt. Claudia Murphy told The Bellingham Herald the demonstrators left when they were told to, no one was injured and nothing was damaged inside the building.
Protesters had gathered outside City Hall to protest against the city's plans to move a temporary homeless encampment, known as Camp 210, off the lawns of the hall and the Bellingham Public Library.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Officials planned to clean up the site Friday morning and move the homeless campers 25 feet away.
The encampment was first erected in the area in November to draw attention to the lack of shelter for homeless people in the city, located around 88 miles north of Seattle.
Mayor Seth Fleetwood of Bellingham was rushed out of City Hall in the Washington state city Friday after protesters ripped down an American flag before storming the building during a rally against plans to clean-up a homeless encampment. Pictured the protest above
Fleetwood told KIRO7 he was taken out of City Hall through a back door and driven from the building.
He told the outlet the sudden evacuation was 'unsettling' and compared it to the January 6 riot on the US Capitol in DC that left five people dead.
'They banged on the door and we got word they had somehow broken it open and were entering, and I was advised to leave,' he said.
Fleetwood said the protesters had broken a lock to get inside the locked building.
Footage shared online by a
a group of demonstrators outside the building tearing down an American flag and stamping on it before a man made off with it.
#BREAKING: Protestors broke into a locked city hall in Bellingham today. Mayor had to be escorted out for safety.— Deedee Sun (@DeedeeKIRO7) January 23, 2021
They also tore down the American flag outside. Stole a KGMI journalist’s mic and threw a hot drink on him.
They’re supposed to be here advocating for the homeless. pic.twitter.com/uIMbRVRwBl
Protesters also confronted members of the media to try to stop them from filming the scene,