Occupy Seattle marchers tie evening traffic



SEATTLE (AP) — Traffic is snarled in Seattle’s University District as hundreds of Occupy Seattle demonstrators are marching toward the University Bridge as part of a national day of action demanding jobs.

March organizers are hoping for up to 1,000 people to rally later Thursday. Seattle police had said to expect delays, and there were reports of long backups. The state was ready to close the heavily-used, westbound Montlake exit ramp to the State Route 520 bridge if needed.

Police clashed with Occupy Seattle demonstrators Tuesday and arrested six who blocked downtown traffic. Officers used pepper spray to disperse the crowd, which included an 84-year-old woman.

Mayor Mike McGinn apologized Wednesday and asked police to review their use of the spray.