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Original Starbucks store at Pike Place Market damaged during protests

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SEATTLE -- Dozens of protestors who marched through Downtown Seattle Wednesday night damaged the storefront of the original Starbucks store as they made their way through Pike Place Market.

Video from Air 4 showed several people clad in black, some carrying umbrellas, run up and smash the windows around 7:15 p.m. as part of an hours-long demonstration that wound through the city. Glass was left strewn across the store, which is home to the first Starbucks location that would eventually become the worldwide brand. The store opened in 1971.

“It’s rough to see, we love our neighborhood," said Angeliqu Harbin as she surveyed the damage Wednesday night. "And this is a place people come -- it's a great destination. It just makes me sad to see the window looking like that."

Caption: Video from Air 4 shows a group of protestors damaging windows at the Original Starbucks location in Pike Place Market.{{ }}

The protest started around 4:30 p.m. with a handful of people who gathered at Occidental Park, located at 117 S. Washington Street, before they began marching.

The group was said to have gathered to protest the policies of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and was carrying a banner that said Anti-ICE, but another banner at the scene suggested that the group was also protesting other things, including Biden and police.

Police arrested three people during the demonstrations, including one accused of burglary and theft at the Starbucks incident.  Seattle's William Kenzo Nakamura Courthouse and an Amazon Go store were also among buildings vandalized during the protests.

Crews were seen cleaning up the damage at Starbucks late Wednesday night.  

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