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Capitol Hill May Day 2014 Open Thread — UPDATE: Arrests on Broadway, a lot of marching

A few thousand marchers were estimated to have made their way downtown across First Hill via Jackson, Boren and Madison Thursday afternoon (Image: CHS)

A few thousand marchers were estimated to have made their way downtown across First Hill via Jackson, Boren and Madison Thursday afternoon (Image: CHS)

Police in riot gear move in with smoke bombs as officers attempted to extinguish a rubbish fire set by protesters in the middle of the intersection of Broadway and Pine (Image: Bryan Cohen for CHS)

Police in riot gear move in with smoke swirling as officers attempted to extinguish a rubbish fire set by protesters in the middle of the intersection of Broadway and Pine (Image: Bryan Cohen for CHS)


Protesters from the "Anticapitalist March" got an early jump on East Precinct but barricades were erected just in time to divert the rally south on 11th (Image: CHS)

Protesters from the “Anticapitalist March” got an early jump on East Precinct but barricades were erected just in time to divert the rally south on 11th (Image: CHS)

With reporting by Bryan Cohen and Jacob Olson

UPDATE 5/1/14 9:00 PM: Following a peaceful, sunny and colorful edition of Seattle’s annual May Day march from Judkins Park to downtown, the expected evening protest activities on Capitol Hill were mostly of the marching and banner unfurling variety until late in the evening when fires were set in the street and Seattle Central’s bricks were again thrown in anger on May Day. Meanwhile, the constant drone of the television news helicopters lulled many on Capitol Hill to sleep on an unusually warm spring night in Seattle.

There were nine arrests across the city — six were take into custody around the Hill, mostly for assault and property damage. In 2013, 17 people were arrested and the property damage suffered by businesses downtown and on Capitol Hill was more widespread and serious.

Things got off to a rather surreal start on Capitol Hill in 2014 with a May Day concert mixing with participants in the “Anticapitalist March” who gathered again this year at the Seattle Central plaza before flowing into the street at Broadway and Pine around 6 PM. With groups splintering and reforming through the evening, marchers crossed the Hill and the area around the Youth Services Center at 12th and Spruce several times on the night but the neighborhoods saw little of the property damage that marked the 2013 protest. By 7:30 PM, the activity had shifted fully to the downtown and Belltown neighborhoods.


One person was arrested after the QFC at Pike and Broadway was tagged and paint bombs were thrown at nearby buildings. An East Precinct bike officer apparently suffered a serious cut during or after the arrest, according to East Precinct radio traffic.

In the crowd, a Seattle woman carrying a banner calling for an end to deportations said she joined the anti-capitalist march with her young daughter to raise awareness about immigrant issues.IMG_3272

IMG_5986“I think there should be more rights for people who are undocumented,” she said. “A lot of people out here today have the analytical skills to understand these issues, but they haven’t lived through them,” she said.

A 20-year-old Seattle man, marching from Seattle Central with a bandana over his face, said the May Day protests were mostly “ritualistic” and admitted they were not very effective.IMG_6087

Later in the night as darkness set in, skirmishes between protesters and police picked up north of downtown and more property damage and arrests were reported. Around 9 PM, the remaining crowd of around 200 marchers headed back up toward Capitol Hill via Olive Way. The stragglers made their way back toward Broadway and completed yet another loop, police and media in front and behind, before heading south and, apparently, stopping in front of Dick’s Drive-in for a spell before continuing on toward Seattle Central.

An animated scene of the mayhem at Broadway and Pine (Image: Lorn Fant with permission to CHS)

An animated scene of the mayhem at Broadway and Pine (Image: Lorn Fant with permission to CHS)

Around 9:40 PM, police erected “mobile barriers” on E Pine to keep the crowd from marching back west to downtown. Remaining protesters proceeded to move back east on Pine as the police line held and many returned to the Seattle Central plaza where a standoff of sorts played out and protesters busied themselves with drumming, hackey sack and the occasional garbage can fire in the street. SPD reported that in all, there had been five arrests across the city as of 10:45 PM. Seattle Fire was called to the area to help put an end to the street fires just before 11 PM. Two or three more protesters were taken into custody as the crowd threw rocks, bottles and a few bricks from the Seattle Central plaza at the police and firefighters extinguishing the small blaze. By 11:05 PM, SPD — which peaked with a presence of around 100 officers at the intersection at one point — was reopening Broadway to traffic. Overnight, SPD said nine people were arrested during the May Day incidents.

"No justice, no police, fuck the police" -- The last of the protesters were slowly moved out of the street and into the Seattle Central plaza

“No justice, no police, fuck the police” — The last of the protesters were slowly moved out of the street and into the Seattle Central plaza

The late crowd marches back up the Hill at Olive and Denny (Image: @beacomedian via Twitter)

The late crowd marches back up the Hill at Olive and Denny (Image: @beacomedian via Twitter)


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Original report: In 2013 on Capitol Hill, May Day wasn’t a problem. It was May Day night that brought busted glass and arrests to Broadway and Pike/Pine as police pushed protesters back up Capitol Hill.

As the city and Capitol Hill prepares for May Day 2014 — including thousands of peaceful marchers and activists as well as the un-peaceful individuals and groups and a massive police response — we’re posting our annual May Day Open Thread a little earlier than usual to help make sure important information gets shared, unnecessary flames of disinformation get snuffed and people can get on with their First Amendment and day-to-day living rights. If you see something others should know about, drop us a line or call/txt (206) 399-5959.

UPDATE 5/1/14 5:50 PM: Our primary notes and update from Thursday afternoon are below. The crowd currently at the Seattle Central plaza numbers around 100 with an equal number of police and an equally large media contingent in tow as a May Day concert takes place and people begin arriving for the anticapitalist rally and march. So far, it’s a mostly peculiar affair.

Officer rush to set up barriers on E Pine (Image: CHS)

Officer rush to set up barriers on E Pine (Image: CHS)

UPDATE 5/1/14 6:25 PM: The Anticapitalist March crowd caught East Precinct off guard as they began marching through the streets of Pike/Pine around 6 PM. SPD officers hustled to erect street barriers as the crowd of more than 100 approached one perimeter at 11th and Pine. Meanwhile, reports of limited incidents of broken windows downtown are circulating on SPD radio. Some of the marchers have arrived at the 12th and Spruce Youth Services Center and juvenile detention facility but most have continued west on Yesler back toward downtown.

UPDATE 5/1/14 6:45 PM: The marchers have “fragmented” with many apparently heading toward downtown. Meanwhile, Broadway and Pike/Pine are mostly quiet. A crowd is collecting at 12th/Spruce.

UPDATE 5/1/14 7:03 PM: A group of around three dozen reportedly mostly masked marchers is on the move around 12th and Spruce. SPD is sending units to support its officers at the YSC. The marchers were last reported on 12th Ave near Cherry throwing road flares.

A paint bomb strike at the Pike/Broadway Starbucks (Image: Jacob Olson for CHS)

A paint bomb strike at the Pike/Broadway Starbucks (Image: Jacob Olson for CHS)

UPDATE 7:45 PM: After the marchers split and some headed downtown others stayed at 12th/Spruce before marching north on 12th and back into Pike/Pine with blasting music, Guy Fawkes masks and the occasional projectile. One person was taken into custody after a paint bomb was thrown at the QFC at Pike and Broadway. The marchers proceed down the Hill on Pine before cutting over to Pike and Boren where the group met up with the other downtown group of protesters. The combined group then marched downtown. A group of “superheroes” on hand to provide protection for the community reportedly got into a tangle with protesters near 6th and Pine where police had to intervene. Reports of damage thus far have been slim to none — the night has mostly been about protesting and covering a lot of ground. 8:30 PM — The streets around East Precinct have been reopened.

A man seen lying on the pavement is taken into custody on Broadway north of Pike following a tagging and paint bomb incident that damaged businesses nearby

A man seen lying on the pavement is taken into custody on Broadway north of Pike following a tagging and paint bomb incident that damaged businesses nearby

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12th Ave Cross-Fit training goes on (Image: Jacob Olson)

12th Ave Cross-Fit training goes on (Image: Jacob Olson)

The Native American dancers from today's march make their way back up the Hill (Image: Jacob Olson)

The Native American dancers from today’s march make their way back up the Hill (Image: Jacob Olson)

UPDATE 5/1/14 6:55 PM: Meanwhile, at Cal Anderson…IMG_0957

  • IMG_5263Capitol Hill preparations: There are no public statements from officials of Capitol Hill organizations and businesses (see a note from the chamber of commerce, below) but we’re told East Precinct has been busy with questions and concerns from the neighborhood following the decision last year to push protesters back up Pine following clashes with police downtown. What followed was hours of mayhem in the streets of Capitol Hill and a handful of incidents of more serious violence including busted glass at a few businesses and the deployment of some hardcore crowd control tactics by Seattle Police including flash bombs and pepper spray. The tactics of crowd control apparently mean no promises on this year’s efforts to quell any outbreaks of violence or property damage but we’re told East Precinct is well aware of frustrations surrounding last year’s response. In the meantime, institutions like Seattle Central are playing it safe as the school has canceled Thursday’s night classes and nearby businesses like Mia’s will close early.
  • Police: We are told East Precinct will put its standard protest and march response plan into motion by closing off the streets around its 12th/Pine headquarters and stationing officers in riot gear on the perimeter.
    (Image: SPD)

    (Image: SPD)

    Seattle Police posted a statement on the department’s 2014 May Day planning and provided details of the day’s focus points including a planned march starting Thursday night at Seattle Central and a rally planned for the juvenile detention center at 12th and Alder:

    Tomorrow is May Day, which means you’ll see a large crowd winding its way through the Central District and downtown Seattle during the afternoon and evening as part of the 13th Annual May Day March for Worker and Immigrant Rights, organized by El Comité.

    The rally will leave Judkins Park—at 20th Ave S. and S. Dearborn Street in the Central District—at 3 PM and head toward Westlake Park in downtown Seattle. The marchers will move north on 20th to South Jackson Street; west on Jackson to Boren Avenue; north on Boren to Madison Street; west  on Madison to Fourth Avenue; north on Fourth to Pine Street and into Westlake Park for a rally. There is a possibility that Fourth Avenue will be closed during the rally at Westlake Park.

    Seattle Police will escort the marchers, and motorists should expect a rolling slowdown and heavy traffic as the procession moves along the route to Westlake Park. Considerable congestion will likely occur and impact traffic throughout the Downtown area during the afternoon commute.

    There is also the possibility several other un-permitted demonstrations may be held in the evening at Seattle Central Community College and Youth Service Center at 12th and Alder. As the organizers of these events have not filed for permits, there is no official route map for these rallies.

    You can check the @SeattleDOT and @SeattlePD Twitter feeds throughout the day for information about traffic impacts. Hopefully you won’t hear much from us.

    A large number of uniformed officers will be present at tomorrow’s rallies. They’re there to ensure you’re able to freely and safely exercise your First Amendment rights, direct traffic around the marches, and to prevent or respond to any unlawful behavior.

    So, come on down and revel in your First Amendment rights, hang out and enjoy the crowds, and take all the May Day selfies you can. As always, please contact an officer or call 911 if you have any concerns or need to report an emergency.

  • redesign-md copySeattle Central: CHS reported earlier this week on what could be an interesting coincidence of events as the starting point for the annual May Day “anticapitalist march” will also be shared by an event organized by a group of Broadway businesses that promises both “a community music event celebrating May Day” and a “Sustainable Wages Seattle Announcement.” A Seattle Central representative told CHS that it does coordinate its plaza’s use as a “free speech zone” and does not provide resources like electricity or staffing support. The spokesman said that, in addition to closing buildings at 5 PM and canceling night classes, Seattle Central “will have all available campus security personnel on campus, as well as facilities personnel, to help secure the buildings.”In the meantime, the area will also feature a “Families for Peace” demonstration at Pine and Broadway involving “young families, seniors, & new Americans” who live nearby and want to prevent the level of violence and property destruction seen in 2013.
  • Business community: Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce director Michael Wells sent the following note to the group’s Broadway and Pike/Pine member businesses and organizations Wednesday afternoon:

    Capitol Hill May Day Update

    Free speech and the right to peaceful protest are basic human values, values that the Capitol Hill community supports wholeheartedly. As May Day approaches we at the Chamber want to confirm that our neighborhood is full of a diversity of voices. We are justly proud of our reputation as a community that values a commitment to social justice and expression of a multiplicity of viewpoints, regardless of the popularity of those views.

    Tomorrow, Thursday, May 1st there are scheduled events related to the annual day of protest, including some that will take place on Capitol Hill. A permitted march for immigrant and worker’s rights begins at 3 p.m. at Saint Mary’s Church, downtown. It will march through downtown and end with a rally at Westlake Park. Events on Capitol Hill begin later in the day at the Seattle Central College Plaza, with a May Day concert scheduled for 5pm and a protest rally scheduled for 6pm, organized by two different groups.

    We wanted to make sure that the business community of Capitol Hill was aware of these events. As many of you know last year there were incidents of property damage on Capitol Hill on May Day; specifically three businesses’ had windows broken as protestors were directed up Pine Street when the SPD dispersed protestors from the downtown core. We have communicated with the East Precinct that we, as a community, were unaware of this tactic and asked that we be informed if it were to be used in the future.

    While we know that the Seattle Police cannot share specific strategies with the public regarding May Day protests, we do know that they have heard our concerns.

    We do know these details about tomorrow’s events:
    * The East Precinct station on 12th and Pine will be blocked to traffic and that surrounding blocks may be affected as well.
    * We also know that Seattle Central College has cancelled evening classes for tomorrow.
    We have every hope for a peaceful protest without physical altercations or property damages. We want you to be aware of the day’s events and take whatever, if any, precautions you might deem necessary.


  • Media: We’ve seen TV reporters on the Hill interviewing business owners and passersby they can convince to stop and talk on camera about their fears and concerns about May Day.
  • Other schools: Seattle Public Schools are open as usual. Seattle University sent the following security bulletin to students and staff:

    As many of you are aware Thursday May 1st is May Day and there are planned parades and demonstrations on First Hill, Capital Hill and Downtown. A planned, permitted march for immigrant and workers rights begins at 3 p.m. at Saint Mary’s Church, near 20th Ave and S. Weller. It will go down Jackson St. through downtown and end with a rally at Westlake Park. There are two non-permitted anti-capitalist marches planned. One group will meet at 6 p.m. at Seattle Central College; another group meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Youth Detention Center at 12th and Spruce.

    While we are not anticipating concerns on the campus, students and staff should expect heavier than usual traffic congestion’s and delays between 3pm and 8pm. We encourage you to plan some extra travel time in your day tomorrow if you are busing or driving during that time. In previous years, small factions have used this date and the proximity of peaceful demonstrators to cause property damage. The Seattle Police Department will be present in the community monitoring the events and assisting in maintaining a safe atmosphere. Our campus public safety officers will be monitoring the campus for any safety concerns related to these activities.

  • 2012: We know 2013 ended up as a relatively small police vs protester debacle on Capitol Hill — what happened two years ago? May Day 2012 in Seattle was marked by an extensive bout of property damage downtown and serious clashes between protesters and police. An independent report on the May Day 2012 incidents commissioned by SPD concluded that many in the department were unsure of their roles prior to the downtown protests. Also, an internal memo leaked following the 2012 riots criticized Chief John Diaz and the department for its response and tactics as thousands of marchers took over downtown Seattle.
  • Weather: It’s going to be a beautiful, sunny day with highs in the 80s. Enjoy it. Be safe.
  • Transit: Here’s what Metro has to say about 5/1/2014:

    Transit delays, reroutes expected in Seattle on May Day

    Riders should prepare for rerouted buses and traffic delays in downtown Seattle the afternoon and evening of Thursday, May 1, as 16 Metro routes and three Sound Transit routes will be temporarily rerouted during May Day events.

    Some city streets are scheduled to be closed as a result of May Day activities. During the planned events, Fourth Avenue is expected to be closed for about an hour between 3:30-4:30 p.m., and Pine Street is expected to be closed for about four hours between 3-7 p.m.

    During the respective street closures, Fourth Avenue bus routes will travel instead via Third Avenue, and Pine Street buses will travel via Union Street. Reroutes are planned for Metro routes 10, 11, 43, 49, 64, 250, 252, 257, 260, 265, 268, 301, 306, 308, 311 and 312, and Sound Transit Express routes 522, 545 and 554.

    Those identified routes are not the only ones expected to be slowed by traffic disruptions. All bus service that travels near or through the downtown Seattle area may be subject to delays during and after Thursday afternoon’s events. Bus riders are advised to plan ahead for longer trips, revise travel plans if necessary and allow plenty of travel time.

    Visit Metro’s Service Advisories page for specific reroute details. Transit reroute start and end times may be subject to change.

    Visit Metro’s Online Regional Trip Planner to find out how to get to and from events and locations.


  • Juvenile hall: So, why target the so called Youth Services Center in the 12th and Alder area? The facility is touted by county officials as being more than “juvee” jail and a center for counseling and assistance beyond the criminal justice system. But it is also home to the county’s juvenile court and detention center. It is frequently the site of protests and demonstrations against the criminal justice system. A 2012 vote enabled a $210 levy to build a new facility at the site and a controversial plan to sell some of the county’s land to developers.
  • Minimum wage announcement — 5/1/14 8:55 AM: Mayor Ed Murray has opted to add to the day’s excitement with a scheduled morning announcement of his minimum wage plan.
  • Graffiti and vandalism — 5/1/14 9:50 AM: In past years, windows have been busted out across the street at the Ferrari dealership. 2014 started with — quickly removed — graffiti on 12th Ave’s Barrio restaurant:

    Meanwhile, not all the 12th Ave paintwork was destructive:

  • SPD says it is investigating the vandalism which apparently included anti-cop tagging at the Broadway Post Office — 5/1/14 11:27 AM:Screen Shot 2014-05-01 at 11.25.42 AMScreen Shot 2014-05-01 at 11.25.48 AM
  • First Hill crossing — 5/1/14 4:45 PM: Lead by group of Native American dancers and drummers in traditional dress, May Day marchers calling for immigrant rights made their way up Boren hill at around 4 PM for the First Hill section of Thursday’s route to downtown.There appeared to be little to no damage to First Hill’s hospitals and banks as the few thousand protestors and their police escorts made their way up Boren, then turned south on Madison towards their Westlake Park destination.Marchers carried signs demanding an end to deportations, shouting “Si se puede!” and calling on President Barack Obama to address immigrant issues. The diverse group of marchers included immigrant workers, 15 Now activists, Latino advocacy groups, and even a couple of strollers.No disturbances were reported though SPD was monitoring individuals seen in the crowd wearing face masks or carrying large bags. There were no reports of vandalism or violence as the marchers entered downtown just before 5 PM.
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49 thoughts on “Capitol Hill May Day 2014 Open Thread — UPDATE: Arrests on Broadway, a lot of marching

  1. A report that’s commissioned by the police department isn’t “independent” by any reasonable definition of that word. Maybe you could just say “A report on the May Day 2012 incidents commissioned by SPD…” Instead?

    • Ajs, remember how I always told you that when you don’t understand a big word you need to look it up? In this case, “commission” means “to give an order for or authorize the production of” the report, and “independent” means that the actual report itself was “free from outside control.” The report was independent because it was produced by a person or group that is neither affiliated with, nor under the authority or control of SPD. So yes, by a VERY REASONABLE definition of the word, the report was independent.

      • Thanks mom! You’re right. It does kind of remind me of that time that Mrs Lilly and Mrs Kay were having afternoon cocktails with you and they kept independently telling me how much I was going to enjoy boarding school. I wasn’t so sure, but you said “let’s vote on it” and sure enough, a clear majority of the 4 independent voters who were there that day decided that boarding school was the right place for me. And it was. I soon learned what independent really means.

      • These guys breaking windows and crying police brutality are all just taking out their deeply-rooted mommy issues. Ajs mother failed us all.

      • Skeet, my mom is not the parent of anybody breaking windows or crying police brutality, seems a little harsh to blame her for that. At worst we can blame her for an over fondness of quoting pedantically from dictionaries and an unhealthy love of quaffing gin straight from the bottle.

  2. Why are the un-permitted protests/marches allowed to happen? They have a right to a peaceful rally in a specific location, but they should not have the right to march through our streets and (inevitably) create mayhem and property damage.

    Why issue permits at all if there is no enforcement/banning of un-permitted events?

    • I don’t know, but I’m sure that one of the apologists will be along shortly to explain to us how their right to attention trumps our right to get about our day. I really have grown to dislike May Day. And I’m pretty liberal.

      • “I really have grown to dislike May Day”
        It’s been hijacked just like the other holidays. My wife is from the old Soviet Union, and she says this was a day for picnics not protests.

      • Anarchy is the solution!!!! Rise up against our jailors!!!

        In August of 2012 voters in king county approved a tax levy to fund the construction of a new Juvenile Detention Center at 12th and Alder. Those in opposition to this re-build began to organize themselves amid a flurry of activity and conversation. In the end, some posters went up, an anarchist analysis of the new project was published in the local anarchist periodical, a few meetings happened, a few noise demos? and then nothing but the same old activist strategies, the same old campaigns.

        Recently a call has been issued for the re-emergence of an anarchist response to the construction of the new jail. This is an effort to begin to ask ourselves why and how we would answer this call. It is not an attempt create a program for struggle or an outline for how conflict should play out, but to share a process of reflection with a broader group of anarchists in the Seattle area. The struggle against prison society is comprised of many on- going and specific battles against existing prisons and attempts to disrupt the building of new jails and detention centers. We seek to reflect on some of the ways that conflict against prison society has manifested in the past and to apply lessons learned in the Northwest and elsewhere to the context that is unfolding before us. This text is our humble contribution towards the development of an ongoing project of (self) critical analysis and attack.

        …. oh, I just cut and pasted this from somewhere, I have no idea why breaking windows and setting off smoke flares accomplishes anything except a brief distraction from everyday Capitol Hill life.

      • You do realize that the new building is to replace the aging building where juvenile offenders currently are briefly held, only about 250 total per year, right? That it isn’t a larger facility to house more kids, but instead a perfectly usable building being replaced with nicer digs. If you want to protest the incarceration of juveniles go to someplace like Echo Glenn or Green Hill. Of course, that’s more than walking distance from Broadway so YOU WONT BOTHER.

  3. El Comite goes out of their way to try and get through the day without violence or property damage. As for most of “the others?” Heh…they think this is a party day. Party = acting like a dumbass, and then it’s back to Yakima [or wherever they live] and back again next year. Tiresome. Really really tiresome. I have also come to dislike May 1st.

    • Sadly, I don’t think they’re all from Yakima. Nope, these winners are our own local crop, I’ll bet.

      Care to estimate the correlation between the window-smashing “protestors” of today and the ones who impeded the Microsoft Connector shuttle or the Uber cars? I’m betting it’s about a 100% correlation of the same tantrum-throwing children. Who STILL have nothing else to do but stomp their feet and break things.

      • Actually, if you check out the public records the great majority of those arrested with the past May Day and Occupy protests are not born in WA folks.

  4. I thought after they smashed the windows at American Apparel and Chase Bank things would change. Why haven’t they changed?!?!

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  6. These May Day protests have gotten out of control. I fully support everyone’s right to protest PEACEFULLY and have even attended one of the worker’s rights gatherings in the past. However, when these crazy anarchists come into our neighborhood and start smashing windows, blocking streets and generally causing destruction, that is when they lose all of my support for their cause.

    Do the anarchists really think that the 1%-er CEO of JPMorgan Chase is cleaning up all that broken glass on Broadway? No, it’s the poor opening-shift teller making $10/hour that has to come in early to clean up the mess. You know, the one that actually lives, works, and spends on Capitol Hill.

    Here’s to hoping this year’s protests will remain peaceful, positive and may actually help spark a meaningful discussion on the issues.

    • I agree with everything you say. It’d be awesome if the message wasn’t muddled by the destructive idiocy this year.

    • Totally agree, particularly about minimum wage workers having to clean up the mess. But I’m also completely fed up with how many people are completely fixated on broken windows, when people’s backs are broken and lives are destroyed every day in the interest of profit.

      • that was the best night of my life and I would do it over and over. so next year Im going in support of lunch ladies, one of the nicest lunch ladies at my school was fired for hooking up our lunches with more food than usual. and the police brutality shown over and over repeatedly is the cause for anarchy but look at other countries they completely overthrow the government to get their point across we are peacefull and it was not as bad as years past so I would say mayday is our right to protest peacefully but we will be aggressive if we have to, the 1% of this country has more power than the president so what should we do protest peacefully and hope the ceo sees it or break a window and make the ceo hear about it and why we did it.

    • Agreed. There are definitely important issues being brought up by people marching today – immigrant rights and immigration reform, workers’ rights, increasing wealth gap, influence of money in our political system etc. – and I believe more people would listen if instead of windows breaking there were flowers left on their doorstep.

      Also, I believe that several years ago JoCo pointed out that there is another great way to celebrate the First of May.

  7. This is ridiculous. The windows in front of Barrio was graffitied hours ago. Why hasn’t the oppressive capitalist patriarchy been dismantled yet?

  8. Seattle activists need to stop being polite to violent media-whores who USE nonviolent marchers as “Human Shields”. Violence begets violence. Period.

    Nonviolent activists need to use tactics that identify and isolate violent ‘provocateurs’: don’t be drawn into their hysteria; try to talk them down or distract them; or, at least – keep your distance. When you see someone being violent — EXPOSE them to the police: hit the ground, or move away from them – Yes, point them out to the police! Do not fear retaliation (some will turn on YOU! ); they feed on your fear.

    Meanwhile everyone should be ready to DE-ESCALATE any interactions with police that are getting hot: – Make no abrupt gestures. Move slowly. When practical, explain what you are going to do before you do it. Don’t say anything threatening, critical, or hostile.

    Anyone who wants confrontation or violence today is no friend of the cause.

    • “Seattle activists need to stop being polite to violent media-whores who USE nonviolent marchers as “Human Shields”.”

      AMEN! Ever since WTO a small group of idiots gloms on to every peaceful protest to hijack it for their own “look at me and my pink mohawk I want to throw a bottle at cops!” agenda. It would be flat out boring if not so damaging to real and valid causes.

  9. Luckily, none of the Anarchists who follow that poster will make it to the Juvy Hall rally, having been unable to find “12th & Spurce” on their smartphones.

  10. These clown vandals aren’t protesting anything. Every time someone puts a microphone in front of one of their faces, masked or not, all they offer is gibberish.

    Anarchy does not exist in the real world. It’s academic.

    They remind me of the Teabaggers and the Sean Hannity lovers.

    • Uhh, Right?! The news channels gave them an opportunity to explain their position, which didn’t do anything but scare the shit out of them. Deers in the headlights… (Yes, you Zach. ((you fucking moron!)))

  11. Anarchists! Don’t delay! Amazon has fantastic prices on Guy Fawkes masks for as low as $25.25! What a steal! Down with capitalism!

    • Better yet, they could get a job at some Amazon packing warehouse in the middle of nowhere and be too tired to protest at the end of the day.

  12. Can we please get those friggen helicopters out of our neighborhood? It’s just stupid king5 or Komo hoping to sensationalize a broken window or two.

  13. I remember last year there were a bunch of pro-anarchist trolls infesting the comments. I wonder what happened to them.

    • And your point is….what? I hope it’s not the same ol’ rant about “police brutality.” I think the police behaved very well this year…professional and restrained, even though they were constantly taunted and provoked.

      • “And your point is….what? I hope it’s not the same ol’ rant about “police brutality.” I think the police behaved very well this year”

        I’m glad that the police used less pepper spray on May Day this year, but most of the people affected were not under suspicion of committing any crime, nor were they questioned or arrested. We don’t accept that kind of behavior from our police on a daily basis and expect that they use force proportional to the situation on suspects and not the general public.

        In this particular situation film the crowd had already been backed up, the police had affected their arrest, and I could see no reason for them to pepper spray and push the crowd up against a wire fence. Perhaps they had a good reason, and I’d be happy to hear/see it. From my vantage point I could see no reason for them to respond the way they did at the time that they did in the fashion that they did.

      • I completely dislike the police and fear their brutality. That said, this video just shows people failing to dispurse when the police got the order to open the street to traffic by moving forward shouting “move back!” Have some common sense. It’s nice, for once, to not see the police randomly beating people but actually instead having some sort of organized command.

      • “Move back” is not an order to disperse. It is an order to move in the direction opposite that which one is facing.

        SPD policy requires that chemical weapons like OC spray be used only on specific targets, not sprayed into a crowd as seen in the video above. One person could not disperse or fail to disperse; it is by definition something that a group does.

        SPD’s Use of Force Policy Manual: 8.200–POL–6 Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) Spray includes the following rules:

        1. Education & Training Section (ETS) Will Train and Certify Officers in the Use of OC Spray Every Two Years
        2. Officers Shall Only Use Department-Issued or Approved OC Spray
        3. Officers Will Use OC Spray Only When Such Force is Objectively Reasonable, Including When Used for Crowd Dispersal or Protection [Hyperlink to definition and explanation of “objectively reasonable” in 8.100.]
        4. Officers Shall Issue a Verbal Warning to the Subject, Fellow Officers and Other Individuals Present Prior to Using OC Spray
        5. Officers Must Justify Each Separate Application of OC Spray
        6. Officers are Required to Report the Use of OC Spray, Regardless of the Effect, as Well as the Decontamination Procedures That Followed. See 8.300-POL-1.5.
        7. The Application of OC Spray on Persons in Restraints Such As Handcuffs Must Be to Protect an Officer or Member of the Public from Physical Injury.
        8. Officers Shall Direct OC Spray at the Specific Subject(s) Who are Posing a Threat
        9. Officers Shall Assist Exposed Subjects with Decontamination and Water- Flushing of Exposed Areas as Soon as Feasible
        10. The Department Shall Maintain Written Documentation of the Number of OC Spray Canisters Annually Distributed to, and Utilized by, Each Employee