UPDATE: Seattle conservative group withdraws from rally following threats of violence by Antifa
Update: A March for Freedom organizer reached out to clarify that one of main groups withdrew but that the march is still happening at 1 p.m. on March 26 at Westlake Plaza in Seattle. The story is updated to reflect this.
A conservative rally organized in Seattle by the Wake Up Washington State group has withdrawn its involvement in the March for Freedom following threats of serious violence and a potential shooting by antifa.
Antifa in Seattle called for violence against the March for Freedom rally scheduled on March 26, 2022, in Westlake Plaza. They put up flyers around the former Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) area featuring a rifle and a call to action against the "Nazis." Antifa also organized using Twitter, erroneously saying it is a TPUSA event. A representative of TPUSA confirmed the organization is not sponsoring or organizing the conservative event.
Antifa account "AbolishSPD161" wrote, "There is no other choice but violence." "161" is the number for "AFA" or Anti-Fascist Action.
In response to the promise of violence, Wake Up Washington State has cancelled its involvement in the March for Freedom, citing concerns that the family event could risk children being injured. Nonetheless, a March for Freedom organizer tells me the event will still proceed as planned.