Seattle May Day march turns violent
The annual May Day parade of losers turned violent in Seattle, much as it did last year. It’s a thematically appropriate way to commemorate world socialism, although rather rough on the innocent bystanders. In addition to the violence, you’ve also got the rich irony of Starbucks patrons wearing designer labels using high-end smartphones to organize a rally “against capitalism, all nation states, and borders,” as their recruiting poster declared. No one could parody this pathetic “movement” more effectively than it satirizes itself.
Not that there’s much point in trying to have a rational discussion with these people, but it’s amusing that they don’t seem to understand that anarchy is the harbinger of the centralized domination they fancy themselves protesting. Anarchists are merely the roadies who set the stage and hook up the equipment for the big-name totalitarian bands, whose sets always run long past the point where the audience is ready to die trying to escape. Anarchy isn’t “total freedom,” as the banner held aloft in the post declares; it is the prelude to total submission.
In Seattle, “total freedom” turned out to mean smashing a lot of windows and throwing rocks at the police. Oddly, there doesn’t seem to be much U.S. media coverage of the festivities yet, but the Independent of Ireland filed a report:
Protesters threw rocks, bottles and chunks of asphalt at officers, officials said, smashing store and car windows, overturning trash cans and lining up newspaper display racks to block streets.
Police in riot gear, some riding in armored SWAT vehicles, responded by repeatedly firing “blast ball” grenades, which emit smoke tinged with pepper spray.
“We’re a bigger, better city than this,” Mayor Mike McGinn said at a news conference. “I’m disappointed that this is the picture the world sees of us.”
Most of the 150-200 protesters who had stayed on the street after darkness fell for a “non-permitted” protest had dispersed by midnight.
“We did not start to take action until that group itself started to act violently towards the officers and the community at large,” Assistant Police Chief Paul McDonagh said.
150 to 200 people? The Glorious Peoples’ Revolutionary Army is looking pretty sad these days. Next year, if they want to draw a bigger crowd of like-minded supporters, they should consider holding their “demonstration” in North Korea. They would have their socialist brothers and sisters eating from the palms of their hands! (Literally, if they bring food.)
KING 5 News in Seattle has more details, including a tally of the arrests and injuries:
Protesters threw rocks and bottles at police officers and news crews. As they moved through downtown Seattle to another neighborhood, they flung construction street barriers, trash cans and newspaper bins on the streets in an attempt to stop police officers. Windows of businesses were broken and vehicles with people in them were banged around.
Police used their bikes to shield businesses and eventually began to use pepper spray and “flash bang’ grenades — releasing a flash of light, smoke and a loud noise—to disperse the crowd. But that pushed the group to another nearby neighborhood, and they left a wake of overturned trash cans and debris on the street.
In the aftermath, 17 people were arrested, said Seattle Police Department spokesman Captain Chris Fowler said, and eight police officers were injured.
Here’s a little sample of the mental caliber of the great socialist vanguard:
Olivia One Feather of Covington joined the crowd Wednesday night because she wanted to see how police handled the protest. She said she wasn’t impressed, adding that she was pepper sprayed in the face while trying to video record officers.
“They don’t have any manners. They don’t say please or give you time to get out of the way,” she said.
Of the protesters, she added, “They’re doing what we need to do to stand up to ourselves. These are our streets and we have the right to take them.”
Someone else managed to record the rioters’ interaction with Seattle police without getting pepper-sprayed:
By the way, misguided Republicans who think supporting amnesty for illegal aliens will somehow win them political support should note that Commie Day was also a big day for amnesty shills, who staged demonstrations in Seattle and elsewhere:
The violence marred a May Day that immigrant-rights activists hoped would put a focus back on immigration reform. Thousands of people marched about 2 ½ miles from the Central District toward Seattle’s downtown Jackson Federal Building after a May Day rally supporting immigrant rights and labor.
Many carried signs, with messages such as “We are America,” and “There are no illegal humans.” One sign suggested forgetting about marijuana and instead asking the United States to “Legalize my mom,” a reference to Washington’s recent legalization of marijuana.
If we pass those Gang of Eight “comprehensive immigration reforms,” soon every day will be May Day. Won’t that be fun?