An Occupy Seattle rally at Seattle Central degraded into an anarchist “Black Bloc” parade of minor havoc across Capitol Hill Wednesday night. Reports of tagging and worries of similar actions to Monday night’s bank window damage had East Precinct on edge an on patrol at the area’s financial institutions.
We have not confirmed any arrests, yet, from Wednesday night’s activities and damage appears limited to more paint on the Broadway American Apparel and a few other minor acts of vandalism. UPDATE: SPD says no arrests. More information from SPD, below.
The blocks around East Precinct’s headquarters at 12th and Pine were again blocked off by barricades as they were during this torch-filled march in January.
There was one moment of excitement near the barricades just before 8p when a naked woman was seen walking on E Pine after reportedly attempting to goad officers into arresting her. Police could not find the woman — described as heavyset and brunette — who was last spotted near the Rancho Bravo parking lot.
SPD has made no arrests related to Monday’s vandalism. A writer who signed the statement “Anarchists” posted a claim of responsibility to Pugetsoundanarchists.org stating that those actions were also in solidarity with Occupy Oakland:
On Monday, February 6 around 7 P.M. The windows of three banks on capital hill [sic] had their windows busted out. Flyers were strewn explaining to passerby’s why they were targeted. The banks Chase, Key bank and an U.S. Bank were hit. We did this in response to the police actions against occupy oakland on January 28th in their attempt to occupy an empty building for use by the occupy movement. We choose banks because they are concrete symbols of the exploitative capitalist system we all live under and the poverty of everyday life within it.
Its easy to attack!
Occupy Oakland’s actions have come under increased pressure as community groups and city officials have pushed to crack down on the East Bay contingent of the movement.
UPDATE: SPD says that nobody was arrested and the documented vandalism was minor in nature. Police did spend time dealing with garbage dumpster and lit road flares thrown into the road along Broadway. New graffiti was also documented on the Broadway Chase banks and police confirmed they recovered a bag of rocks ditched on the street.