Hundreds march in Seattle for immigrant rights

Hundreds march in Seattle for immigrant rights

By The Associated Press: Manuel Valdes. CREATED May 1, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) -- Hundreds of people marched peacefully in Seattle in support of immigrant rights and a boost in the minimum wage on Thursday, while police said they were prepared for more aggressive crowds later on.

The boisterous rally started in South Seattle and headed to Westlake Park downtown, with demonstrators waving red signs seeking an end to deportations and "poverty wages," with a demand for a $15 an hour minimum wage.

Earlier Thursday Mayor Ed Murray announced a plan to phase in a $15 minimum wage over the next seven years.

Seattle police were out in force on bicycles, foot and horseback, bracing for possible trouble later on as an anti-capitalist demonstration was also expected.