Marchers rally in Seattle, participate in: Global Day of Protest

SEATTLE — Numerous people from around the Puget Sound area participated in a large protest in downtown Seattle on Sunday.

The protest was part of a worldwide demonstration in what’s being called a Global Day of Protest.

They were peaceful protesting after the United States on Friday imposed economic sanctions on the military and ruling party of Eritrea over their role in Ethiopia’s yearlong war, and warned it would sanction Ethiopia’s government and rival Tigray forces if there is not “meaningful progress” toward a cease-fire and talks.

A Treasury Department statement cited the “continued role” the Eritreans play in the war that has killed thousands and displaced millions. Ethiopia’s government allowed Eritrean soldiers to enter Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where witnesses have accused them of some of the war’s worst abuses, but then denied the soldiers were there for months.

The U.S. statement noted “numerous reports of looting, sexual assault, killing civilians, and blocking humanitarian aid” by Eritrean forces.

Sunday’s demonstration took place in 27 cities across the world.

Protesters in Seattle marched toward the federal building downtown.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.