May Day March Begins At SCCC: Ends With Pepper Spray & Flash Bang Grenades

UPDATE 5-3-2013, 4:25pm: The following is the text from an email sent out on behalf of President Paul Killpatrick on May 2nd, 2013.

“I want to thank our security staff Adrian Burrage, Hao Hua, and Noah Norfleet for their efforts during last night’s May Day marches. Adrian and Noah did a commendable job leading a safe evacuation of Seattle Central at 9:00 p.m. last night. I also wish to thank David Underwood for serving as the evening administrator and keeping Michael Pham and I in the loop. Due to his frontline experience, David will be the official May Day administrator from here on out.”

May Day Administrator? I am curious as to how that job description will look.

UPDATE 5-2-2013, 2:17pm: According to the SPD Blotter 17 individuals were arrested yesterday. NCC has confirmed that at least one of the arrestees was a student at SCCC.

May Day is an international day for labor and anarchist protest worldwide. This year, in Seattle, one of the May Day marches began on the South Side of SCCC. The New City Collegian had numerous staff members at the event, following the march, and taking photographs. Updates will be available within the following days including our eyewitness accounts and photographs.

The March, which began at SCCC, started on Capitol Hill with a convoluted loop that took it up to 12th avenue and then from there down Pike Street towards downtown. One window was broken on Pike Street. Further on in the march at least one other window was broken. Police used SWAT teams, pepper spray, and flash bang grenades to attempt to disperse the crowds.

Though crowds began to disperse downtown by 6th Avenue, a number of protesters continued back up to Capitol Hill where they were again bombarded with flash bang grenades as some of the protesters broke out windows. Hit were local bar Bill’s Off Broadway, the Walgreens at the corner of Broadway and Pine, and Sun Liquor. The march continued north down Broadway, with diminished numbers compared to the marches downtown, and was finally kettled by the police near Broadway and East Howell, where they broke apart and ran off into the night. The police had brought out an armored vehicle with armed SWAT team members on it as the march finished dispersing.

SCCC South Plaza, May Day Protesters gather. Photograph by Alexander M. Koch.

SCCC South Plaza, May Day Protesters gather. Photograph by Alexander M. Koch.

Swat Police in front of Westlake Mall during May Day protests. Photograph by Alexander M. Koch.

Swat Police in front of Westlake Mall during May Day protests. Photograph by Alexander M. Koch.

Swat Police Officer Protecting Wells Fargo on Fifth Avenue downtown. Photograph by Alexander M. Koch.

Swat Police Officer Protecting Wells Fargo on Fifth Avenue downtown. Photograph by Alexander M. Koch.

Police lined up while flash bang grenades and chemical sprays go off down the street. Photograph by Alexander M. Koch.

Police lined up while flash bang grenades and chemical sprays go off down the street. Photograph by Alexander M. Koch.

Window broken by a protester downtown. Photograph by Alexander M. Koch.

Window broken by a protester downtown at the Andaluca Restaurant at the Mayflower Park Hotel. Photograph by Alexander M. Koch.

Police at Fifth and Olive order people to disperse immediately or be arrested. Approximately 8:00 pm. Photograph by Alexander M. Koch.

Police at Fifth and Olive order people to disperse immediately or be arrested. Approximately 8:00 pm. Photograph by Alexander M. Koch.

One response to “May Day March Begins At SCCC: Ends With Pepper Spray & Flash Bang Grenades

  1. Pingback: May Day Reflections and Photos by NCC Staff | New City Collegian·

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