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The protesters in Seattle will resume meetings with the local authorities

The participants of the protests against racism in the U.S. Seattle will soon resume meetings with representatives of local authorities, told RIA Novosti the protest leader David Lewis.

The protesters demanded a meeting with mayor Jenny Durkan on a weekly basis, said Lewis. During these meetings, the demonstrators can voice their demands and negotiate about the real deadlines for their implementation, he said.

"We had to cancel one of the (meeting – ed.) simply because of the fact that to achieve a proper representation of what the black population of Seattle turned out to be difficult ... However, we intend to resume these meetings next week," said Lewis.

Earlier, the protesters in Seattle was announced in the Central part of the city "Autonomous zone", police officers were ordered to leave the area to reduce tensions. NBC News reports that, according to local residents, Monday in the area was from 200 to 250 tents installed by protesters.

On Saturday, protesters in the controlled territory the shooting occurred. According to a statement by Seattle police, the police arrived about 2: 30 after receiving reports of gunfire, but the crowd did not let their victims. Later the police reported that both men injured, was taken to hospital. One of them, 19-year-old man died, another remained in hospital in critical condition. Police failed to identify the shooter.

The mayor of Seattle Jenny Durkan subsequently stated that the protesters must vacate their "Autonomous zone".