Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Occupy May Day Peaceful Protests Trash Seattle Nike, Wells Fargo!!

How to tell Good From Evil Rule #1029: Evil people trash Nike and Courthouse

From the same people who brought you the Islamist Spring.

Slick Occupy May Day 2012 Recruiting Video

KING 5 coverage before things got violent

Seattle May Day violence, May 1, 2012. #seamayday

Running account of events can be found here:

May Day in Seattle: “All hell broke loose” at U.S. Court of Appeals; police expect more violence
UPDATE: 2:53 p.m. |  All five downtown Wells Fargo branches, including one at Fourth Avenue and Seneca Street where windows were broken, have been closed for the rest of the day, said Lara Underhill, a Wells Fargo spokeswoman.
“We didn’t know what to expect and wanted to ensure the safety of our team members and customers,” Underhill said. The main downtown branch at Third Avenue and Marion Street typically closes at 5 p.m., and the other four branches normally close at 6 p.m.
UPDATE: 2:53 p.m. |  Mayor McGinn has authorized the seizure of potential weapons. After vandals used handheld flag poles to break window, the mayor says he will sign an emergency order authorizing police to confiscate items that can be used as weapons. He also said police have been using tactics developed in response to the 1999 WTO riots.
UPDATE: 2:44 p.m. |  Mayor McGinn says two arrests confirmed. May be others.
UPDATE: 2:35 p.m. |  Police say they expect more violence.
UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. |  Details on the damage to the U.S. Court of Appeals:  A group of protesters marched up Madison Street and as they turned onto the Sixth Avenue side, “all hell broke loose,” said David Madden, public information officer for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals who’s based in San Francisco. Glass doors at the entrance were shattered and lower-level windows broken. Multi-colored stains were left on the ceramic tiles on the exterior of the building.
Someone tried to ignite an incendiary device, but it apparently it didn’t go off, Madden said.
The courthouse is used by Court of Appeals judges and at least one judge, Richard Tallman, was in the building at the time, Madden said. The FBI and other agencies also have offices in the building, he said.
Guards locked  the doors and no one got inside, Madden said.  No one was injured.

Demonstrators broke out windows at the William Kenzo Nakamura U.S. Court of Appeals in downtown Seattle early Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
UPDATE: 2:08 p.m. | Seattle police say they have made arrests, but they aren’t giving up any numbers yet.
UPDATE: 2:05 p.m. | Seattle Times photographers on the scene have sent many photos from the streets.
UPDATE: 1:50 p.m. | More about damage: At the Washington Athletic Club building at 6th and Union, protesters smashed a large plate-glass window that was part of the HSBC branch.
Across the street at the 2 Union Square building, in vacant office space, there was a 6-inch hole in a window. A security guard pointed to a rock inside that had been thrown through it.
Half a block away, the owner of a silver Porche Cayenne would be greeted with a spray-painted green anarchy symbol on the hood when they returned.
UPDATE: 1:45 p.m. | Cops say damage to stores and vehicles downtown amounts to “thousands and thousands ” of dollars as vandals struck store windows, cars, just about everything in their path.  Officers followed them to Westlake Park where many of the vandals were reportedly changing out of the black clothes they wore while smashing windows.
UPDATE: 1:20 p.m. | The group dressed in black appears to have dispersed for the most part by now, some folks saying they have mingled with the now 500 or so protesters gathered at Westlake Park. People there are listening to a rap concert.
UPDATE: 1:10 p.m. | Those bent on doing damage, who call themselves Black Blockers, broke out the front windows of Niketown and several windows of American Apparel next door. Graffiti was put on Fidelity Investments at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Pike Street. Police have blocked Pine Street and were moving along Sixth toward Westlake Park.
UPDATE: 1: p.m. | Protesters have broken windows in several places downtown and police were using tear gas and force to stop them. Police had chased the group dressed in black — the ones who vandalized the federal courthouse — down Sixth Avenue, then on Olive, then back up Fifth.
Meanwhile, many protesters returned to Westlake Park and are giving speeches and rallying.
UPDATE: 12:40 p.m. | Protesters are starting to do damage. They stopped briefly at the U.S. Court of Appeals, broke a window and set a small fire in front of the door. They also shot paintballs at the building. A large swarm of people dressed in black and carrying poles with flags on them were moving through the streets.
UPDATE: 12:20 p.m. | A group of about 50 demonstrators, several carrying small red and black flags, just before noon from Seattle Central Community College on their way to Westlake Park, to meet what they expect to be a larger crowd of May Day protesters.
Liam Wright, a student leader of the march, led a chant: “When the people of the world are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!” Earlier, he called the event an “anti-capitalist” march. {=communist}
10:45 a.m. | Concerned that anarchists and possible violence may disrupt of May Day protests converging on downtown Seattle today, the Young Composer Workshop concert at Benaroya Hall has been canceled.
Here’s a roundup of May Day events:

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