Nine people arrested after violence at May Day protests in Seattle

Fri May 2, 2014 11:34am EDT

1 of 3. Policemen target protestors with pepper spray during an anti-capitalist demonstration in Seattle, Washington May 1, 2014.

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(Reuters) - Peaceful May Day demonstrations in Seattle descended into violence when a rogue group of protesters threw bottles and firecrackers at police, who arrested nine people, authorities said on Friday.

Hundreds of protesters had marched in support of immigration rights and a rise in the minimum wage on Thursday afternoon, but early in the evening a second, "un-permitted" protest group began marching, police said on their website.

The rogue group set dumpsters on fire, and hurled bottles, bricks and firecrackers at officers, who used pepper spray in response, police said.

Rallies across the United States are planned every year on May 1 to mark International Labor Day by a coalition of organized labor activists, students, civil rights advocates and members of the clergy.

Last year, protests in Seattle also turned violent. Eight officers were injured and 17 protesters arrested.

(Reporting by Lindsay Dunsmuir in New York; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Bernadette Baum)

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Comments (3)
kbill wrote:
Oh what’s new about this? “May Day” is the most pointless point on the anarchist calendar…its the day when “they” — those rebels without a clue — show up in their Nikes, collaborating on their Samsung and Apple smart-phones, wearing their Wal Mart/China clothing to throw bricks at the successes of global and local capital-democracy. Its just an expensive, hypocritical joke…the failure of education is that these pampered morons can’t even see the irony of their position, consumerism, and actions.

May 02, 2014 11:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
njglea wrote:
I live in the Seattle area and some of the press have been itching for “anarchists” to take over the peaceful demonstrations on immigration and wages so they would have something to write about. This was simply a group of the same kind of punks that try to create chaos everywhere. Please stop giving them any press attention.

May 02, 2014 11:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:
While disparaging and insulting all things status quo, the, easily led (and even more easily misguided), trolls, have to silence their, more intelligent competition, with physical violence.

This is the only tactic available to them, because they’ve already blown any of their arguments that actually make any sense!

May 02, 2014 1:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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