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FWD  Associated Press - AP Wire Service - Dec 04, 1999 21:00


Associated Press Writer

SEATTLE (AP) _ Children, not yellow police tape, ringed the
downtown holiday carousel for the first time in nearly a week as
this shaken city recovered from the mayhem that accompanied the
World Trade Organization meeting.

``Let's heal the city,'' Mayor Paul Schell said at a Saturday
news conference to mark the restarting of the carousel.

``I understand everybody's angry and offended. I feel offended
myself by the things that happened here. But it's time to heal,''
he said, surrounded by shoppers at Westlake Park, which had been a
sealed crime scene since mass arrests Wednesday.

Trade delegates were heading for the airport Saturday after
negotiations to launch a new round of global trade talks collapsed,
but not all protesters were ready to leave.

Scores remained outside a vacant downtown apartment building,
waiting for an expected police crackdown on activists inside who
were demanding that it be converted to homeless housing.

Several hundred more continued a protest outside the King County
Jail, calling for the release of more than 300 protesters still
awaiting processing after arrest.

Plywood that had covered entire blocks of storefront windows in
the fashionable downtown shopping core was coming down, however.

``Being a Seattleite, I'm glad that it's all over and we can
have our city back,'' said Monette Roberts, 31, who was strolling
past the carousel with her 11/2-year-old daughter, Ilea.

``I'd like to see this city get back to normal as soon as
possible,'' said Anna Aziz, 30, an employee of a downtown
Washington Mutual bank branch who was helping other volunteers tie
red bows. The ribbons, provided by the city, were being distributed
to businesses as symbols of solidarity and renewal.

City officials offered free meter parking and bus service to
draw shoppers back downtown, as well as 20,000 jingle bells.

``We're glad those protesters are gone,'' said Keith Taylor, 38,
a homeless panhandler in a wheelchair who has staked out a spot
outside the downtown Gap store.

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