Officials declaring Washington a ‘hate-free state’ are shouted down by youth-jail opponents

Local Democratic lawmakers spoke in Seattle on Monday to declare that Washington would continue to be a “hate-free state.” But activists, protesting a proposed youth jail in Seattle, disrupted the event.

Spurred by the election results and the recent vandalism of an Eastside mosque, Democratic lawmakers from around the Puget Sound region came together Monday to decry discrimination and declare Washington a “hate free state,” but King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray were shouted down by activists protesting a proposed new youth courthouse and jail in the city.

Over the weekend, a sign in front of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound was vandalized for the second time in a month, and civil-rights groups have reported a rise in hate crimes since the November election.

Gov. Jay Inslee said Washington would continue to accept and welcome Syrian…

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