9 arrests in protests against corporate tax breaks



SEATTLE (AP) — Nine people have been arrested in an orderly demonstration after rallying outside a Chase bank in Seattle, part of a day of action from groups around the state calling on lawmakers to end tax breaks on corporations to help fix the state’s budget woes.

About 100 people demonstrated in Seattle on Wednesday, blocking traffic for on 3rd Avenue for more than 20 minutes. A group of nine people interlocked arms and sat in the intersection. Police officers moved in and escorted the group off the street. There were no confrontations.

Meanwhile in Cle Elum, another group of demonstrators rallied outside the Suncadia resort, where a business group is holding a summit being attended by business leaders and Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Suncadia vice-president Paul Eisenberg says demonstrators were peaceful and respectful.