May Day

May Day
6:32 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

9 Arrests, Scuffle Between Anarchist And Superhero During Seattle's May Day March

A marcher is seen spraying silly string at a man dressed up as a superhero.
Tim Durkan

Seattle police arrested nine people during an unpermitted May Day march that involved a scuffle between an anarchist and a man dressed as a superhero, wardrobe changes by the anti-capitalist marchers and no major property damage.

The fight between the anarchist and the man in costume broke out near Fifth and Pike when the anarchist sprayed silly string at the man, who responded with a punch to the face. The incident lasted only a few minutes before police intervened, and the march resumed with protesters chanting "F--- the police!" and setting off fireworks.

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May Day
2:11 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Seattle Police Mount Their Bikes And Prepare For A May Day Ride

Bikes were a big tool in the Seattle Police Department's response to downtown May Day protests last year.
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

What’s the best tool when you have boisterous crowds mixing with police officers in a dense urban area? For the Seattle Police Department, it might be bikes. SPD officers took a refresher course last week on managing demonstrations on bicycles. Captain Chris Fowler, Commander of the West Precinct, said when the department trades tactical tips with other agencies, that’s what they always want to know more about.

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May Day
1:42 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Businesses To Receive Email Alerts As May Day Events Progress

Vandals broke glass during last year's May Day demonstrations.
Aaron Hushagen

As May 1 approaches, downtown business owners are getting ready. In recent years, factions of May Day protesters have broken windows and taken over the streets. Police officers have responded with tear gas and bike barricades. Anarchists have indicated they plan to march again Thursday.

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