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POLL: May Day Protests Explode in Downtown Seattle

What have you seen and what do you think? How much do you care?

May Day protests occurred in downtown Seattle today and around the country, and police arrested a few individuals and some businesses were damaged.

In Seattle, some protestors, identified as about 30 Black Block protestors, smashed windows of large banks and corporate businesses, and vehicles have been damaged.

KOMO Radio is reporting that Seattle City Hall has been locked down.

Mayor Mike McGinn said in a press conference today about 2:45 p.m. that he signed a special order allowing police to confiscate items that might be used as weapons from the remaining 300 protesters in Westlake Center. Undercover police are reportedly in the crowd.

More protests are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Here’s links to coverage from Seattle-PI.com and SeattleTimes.com.

Do you work or have been downtown today, tell us what’s going on? Post photos and comments on Patch below. Also, if you can or can’t leave your building safely let us know.

Shoreline-LFP Patch has contacted Occupy protestors who may be in the middle of things and requested comment. 

Check back for an update.

Also do you agree with the sentiment of the protestors? Do you agree or disagree with their tactics?

Tell us in the comments. 

Do you think corporations and the federal government are unjust to the average person, and are working together, seemingly intentionally, to victimize their some or all customers and citizens?

Or do you think corporations are basically right, and just have minor flaws, and people need to calm down and wait for opportunities to develop?

And do you think the Obama Administration do anything about corporate corruption or are their powers limited?

 

 

Julie Houff May 03, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Agreed! And it appears, by one of the marcher's video that one of the thugs was wearing Nike shoes while smashing Nike Town's windows. Ironic.
Bob MacDonald May 03, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Totally agree with the need to replace Glass-Steagal. That is one issue in the financial sector, though. So tell me...why are they attacking Niketown? You can count the number of major corps affected by Glass-Steagal on one or two hands. There are thousands of companies in America. The vast majority of them employ people like...your friends and parents...and they contribute to society in a positive way. It's only a few corporations that engage in the activities you mention. If a couple of black guys robbed a bank, would you march against black people? Would you say that black people are running amok? Of course not. But if a couple of corporations do some stuff that...really doesn't affect you very much...then you feel justified in taking to the streets to condemn all corporations. Suddenly it is "capitalism run amok." Nevermind that you've likely been happily engaging in capitalism the entire time. ...
Julie Houff May 03, 2012 at 05:22 AM
How would I know why anarchists who aren't openly affiliated/communicating with Occupy, were breaking certain glass windows? I could speculate, but what's the point. If I could, I would let them answer that. I can tell you why Occupy prefers folks use credit unions, or local small -med size banks instead of the biggest banks. I can tell you that most of Nike's employees are NOT paid living wages. Nike doesn't even monitor/occupy the awful conditions and slave-like pay their overseas employees endure. I can tell you that the government is a little slow to create a better financial set up for our state/country, such as state banks like one of the Dakota has. I assume you know about all that. In what ways would I have been happily engaging in capitalism? Please tell me the ways. BTW, we seem to be talking about corporations and capitalism at the same time. Can we just discuss one of these at a time for better understanding? What are the few corporations you think are the worst "bad apples". I agree that most corporations are not a big social or environmental concern, but that we must Occupy the priority major causes of our big issues right now. Too much money coming from to small few to influence laws that affect all. Not to mention that things have gotten so unfair with our legal system that we basically have preferential treatment of the 1% while many non rich folks are placed into FOR PROFIT PRISONS. If you're happily engaging in capitalism, I get your perspective
Bob MacDonald May 03, 2012 at 03:32 PM
They are clearly 'affiliated' with Occupy...as much as anyone can be 'affiliated' with a group that is leaderless and directionless. We're not seeing these 'anarchists' at any other times. The Occupy movement is easily infiltrated by criminals, rapists, and people who just want to cause mayhem. You can say, "well, that isn't Occupy's fault!" But it is. The Occupy movement has taken no steps at all...that I can see...to ensure that these things don't happen. It is happening over and over again, all across the country. At some point, your excuses fail. You can't just let this stuff go on and claim it has nothing to do with Occupy. It has everything to do with Occupy. Look, if you eat, you're engaging in capitalism, even if you eat for free, because you are helping to create demand. To argue that you don't engage in capitalism is silly. Everyone does. You can't escape it. Some bad apples? Well, I'm not a terribly big fan of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. You must hate them, too. CPB is a big corporation that survives on government handouts. You want to talk about corporate welfare? Hah! CPB gets it in spades. So...should we do away with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting? Somehow, I'm guessing all the lefties are going to say 'no'. :D
Julie Houff May 04, 2012 at 09:05 PM
The question is: What is it about our culture, as it now is, that would influence folks to spend their time, energy and risk getting a bad record for on such actions. I think our corporate warring and very violent culture has influenced these poor folks more than the peaceful/passivist mainstream Occupiers could possible have done. I think the problem started way before Occupy. Marches and global frustrations are just more opportunity for these folks to behave in their preferred ways. Change the culture and you may find the core and long term impetus for the behavior fade away. Peace!

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