We can’t find any details of police being called out and Uber has not yet responded to our message about the incidents, but a blog post published over the weekend claims to document an effort over the weekend to sabotage the app-powered car service on Capitol HIll. Take it away Destroy Uber:
On Saturday night, a mob of people ran through the streets of Seattle, chasing down Uber cabs and detaining them amidst traffic. Ten cars were detained and fliers were distributed to the drivers and passengers. Hundreds of people witnessed this act of defiance against one of the most disgusting tech companies in existence.
If you saw this “mob” let us know in comments or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call or txt (206) 399-5959.
UPDATE: In a blog post, Uber Seattle general manager Brooke Steger confirmed that one driver was “temporarily interrupted” –
We’ve confirmed that one Uber partner driver, the one pictured in various blog posts, was temporarily interrupted from providing service during Saturday’s protest. While Uber supports community action and political movements that work towards a common goal, there is no place for violence or scare tactics used against hard working Seattlites in modern discourse. Tens of thousands of residents in Seattle have voiced their support for the ridesharing economy and thousands more are benefiting, both as riders and drivers, from transportation competition and choice.
You can read the rest of Uber’s response here.
The manifesto for the actions are posted at the Destroy Uber site but boil down to a call for revolution:
We don’t have any fucking money, that’s for sure, and we hope everyone reading this knows that everyone else is also broke as hell. There are more of us than there are CEO’s, though, so don’t forget that. They have a lot of money and the state at their disposal, but if enough of us figure our predicament out, we could knock them all on their asses on a single day. Hopefully we get there. Keep up the good fight whoever you people are.
We haven’t even started messing with Uber. Stay tuned.
With Thursday’s annual, typically peaceful May Day workers right march and annual, typically not peaceful anarchist demonstrations, SPD has been active in broadcasting its preparations. It appears the activists are also telegraphing their moves. Earlier this month, the Seattle stream of anti-gentrification, anti-corporate shuttle activities renewed with a brief protest and banner unfurling along E Madison.