A group of about 20 people thought to be anarchists created a disturbance in downtown Olympia that lasted about 20 minutes late Friday night, according to Olympia police.
Olympia Police Lt. Paul Lower said it wasn’t clear whether the group had gathered in protest. They shouted expletives at police and one person carried a sign that read, “Blow up the sun.” Another person pushed a shopping cart with some kind of mobile music system, Lower said.
The group wore black clothes, black backpacks and black face coverings, police said.
The group gathered about 11:40 p.m. in front of Olympia City Hall, then marched west down Fourth Avenue against traffic. Some also held bats and pipes. Along the way they pulled down a street sign, spray-painted some indecipherable messages, threw advertising sandwich boards in the street, and knocked over some recycling bins, Lower said.
Police met the group at about Washington Street, which sent them running east down Fourth Avenue. The group dispersed near Cherry Street.
There were no arrests and no injuries, Lower said.