Seattle mayor ‘patient’ with protesters in park



SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says he’s being patient with the Occupy Seattle protesters camping out for a second week in the downtown Westlake Park.

In a statement Tuesday, he says he’s supporting free speech while working to bring the group into compliance with city rules. McGinn is asking the group to move to City Hall, which can support protest campers.

Occupy Seattle issued its own statement Tuesday saying it will stage a march Saturday in coordination with the Occupy Wall Street protest against corporate power.

About four dozen protesters were tired and soggy Tuesday morning after cold, rainy night. They put their bags and belongings on benches for the morning cleaning by park workers.

A couple of police cars and cops on bikes monitored the group.