May Day Up to the Minute Blog– pics and tweets live from the peaceful “protests” in downtown Seattle.
Threats to Seattle police discovered ahead of May Day
SEATTLE — Posters that threaten the safety of Seattle Police have shown up ahead of Thursday’s scheduled May Day protests and marches.
Mayor Ed Murray’s office say the posters, discovered on Capitol Hill through the Central District, read, “The only good cop is a dead cop.”
Another poster found on Capitol Hill reads, “No new jail. No old jail. Fire to the prisons. (expletive) the police.” The bottom of the poster listed the website for Puget Sound Anarchists.
The protests have turned violent the past couple of years, with anarchists and other groups infiltrating the scheduled peaceful marches. They have led to several arrests and vandalism of businesses. Someone spray painted the words “Smash this” and “May Day” on windows at the Bario restaurant on Capitol Hill.
Organizers of the permitted march say they are trying to focus on their message and not the possible violence and vandalism that may come from others.
“We don’t focus on that because our march is peaceful. We have permits. We’re out here trying to protect our community so, although there is frustration coming from other sides, we are respectful of what their message is. They’re respectful of ours and we try to move forward together,” said Diana Lopez of the May First Action Coalition.
In Seattle, May Day is the day when idiots dressed in black roam the streets and break windows at Starbucks and Walgreens-all for workers rights-with the hopes of a big payday when they file a complaint of police brutality afterwards. Un-freakin-believable.