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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Some May Day Drama May Be Brewing Outside Seattle Central Right Now

Posted by on Wed, May 1, 2013 at 6:46 PM

There's something different about this rally, taking place right now outside Seattle Central, says Brendan Kiley, who's been covering May Day protests all day. He just called Stranger HQ from the scene at Central and says: "It seems that if something were to pop off this May Day, it will be happening shortly. And if anyone wants to see that, they should come to Seattle Central right now."

The scene, he reports, is around 150 to 200 people, "lots of cops, lots of people in masks," and people making speeches, with claims like "all government is an act of genocide" (that's a quote), some general down-with-capitalism rhetoric, and other "themes that sound anarchist." It "looks like they’re getting ready for black bloc action," he says. "It's definitely taking a sharp and hard left turn from the march earlier today."

UPDATE 7:23PM (Goldy): The situation is "getting tense," Brendan reports from 8th & Pike as a loud and rowdy crowd was heading west. His sense is that is something is going to happen it's going to happen soon. More as (if) it develops.


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Maybe that rally is the Anticapitalist march that's been touted as starting on pike near SCCC @6pm for a few weeks now?

Posted by Agrippa on May 1, 2013 at 6:59 PM · Report this
KING5 is having fun covering the drama. Silly string!
Posted by Justin on May 1, 2013 at 7:02 PM · Report this
The various reasons losers have for demonstrating on May Day makes even fags look important.
Posted by MayDayFagAlert on May 1, 2013 at 7:05 PM · Report this
"All government is genocide"? I do not think that word means what he thinks it means.
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on May 1, 2013 at 7:13 PM · Report this
yelahneb 5
Where's the Slog drone when we need it?
Posted by yelahneb on May 1, 2013 at 7:14 PM · Report this
@5-Really! A perfect time for the Stranger drone to get some action!
Posted by BallardBoy on May 1, 2013 at 7:19 PM · Report this
treefort 7
Thanks for reporting on this! Be careful out there.
Posted by treefort on May 1, 2013 at 7:24 PM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 8
Sun Liquor has a wndow broken, reports KOMO's liveblog. I hope it was just an accident.
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on May 1, 2013 at 7:31 PM · Report this
Idiots throwing pipes at police cars on the King 5 live stream.

There was also some excitement when a guy held a flare aloft for a couple minutes.
Posted by giffy on May 1, 2013 at 7:31 PM · Report this
Lew Siffer 10
What a fucking gang of losers.
Posted by Lew Siffer on May 1, 2013 at 7:32 PM · Report this
"Hard left" is not synonymous with anti-government.
Posted by also on May 1, 2013 at 7:36 PM · Report this
What a bunch of asswipes.
Posted by StuckInUtah on May 1, 2013 at 7:36 PM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 13
@8 I'm banking that one was undercover cops trying to ramp shit.

Most anarchists and anti-capitalists respect independent companies, as opposed to corporations, like downtown companies where metal bars started getting thrown (Niketown).
Posted by TheMisanthrope on May 1, 2013 at 7:40 PM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 14

In his mind, it does.

All non-failed states are marked by a monopoly on violence. We authorize the state to employ violence through the military or police. The anarchist argument is that such power is inevitably corrupting in it's effects, and leads to abuses of power such as genocide. In the US, this has occurred, such as the US government's genocidal campaign against Native Americans, the internment of the Japanese during WW2, the eugenics movement, the war against Filipino independence. Here in Tacoma, we're the only city of half a million or more that lacks a Chinatown, a legacy from the genocide we committed against Chinese people in the city shortly after Tacoma was founded.

And then there's the non-genocidal horrors the state has committed that were almost as horrific, such as slavery, refusing to acknowledge women as full citizens for 130 years, the "homosexual panic" defense that essentially legalized the murder of gay men (first time that failed in court? 1998.), sodomy laws the outright theft of the Kingdom of Hawaii, the ongoing legalized harassment of Hispanics, and the death penalty. I'd go on, but you probably get the point by now.

And the US is hardly alone. Canada, long seen as a human rights beacon, has the legacy of the brutal repression of the rights of Francophones, the Residential Schools fiasco, RCMP abuses targeting First Nations peoples, and the murder of Louis Riel. Australia has a "White Australia" policy up until the 1970's, and to this day holds refugees in a special prison on Christmas Island.

In truth, no government has yet been able to restrain itself from abusing power. Hence the statement (attributed to Mikhail Bakunin) that government is violence.

Myself, I am not an anarchist. I fear the howling mob with its pitchforks and torches as much as I do the potential for the state to go mad. When I think of anarchy, I see Somalia.

But the anarchists do have a point. If you want to avoid the Hobbesian nightmare I have described on the Horn of Africa, you have to accept that the government you create to fend it off will commit horrible atrocities from time to time. As neither is preferable, I oftentimes think the only reasonable solution might be to find some deserted island with a few friends and get away from both insane governments and howling mobs. but having read Lord of the Flies, I know that not even a deserted island can protect you from the inherent violence that resides in the human mind.
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on May 1, 2013 at 7:51 PM · Report this
Anyone know why those people were just arrested?
Posted by giffy on May 1, 2013 at 7:52 PM · Report this

Yes indeed, look at these devilishly clever undercover cops, trying to "ramp shit" by throwing pipes at police cars! No-one will ever suspect!
Posted by robotslave on May 1, 2013 at 7:53 PM · Report this
KIRO doing a decent job of coverage - arrests have started, camera crew is right in the middle of it. Reporters presenting a far more neutral stance than I would expect.
Posted by genevieve on May 1, 2013 at 7:55 PM · Report this
King is doing a good job as well. I really have no sympathy for people looking to start shit.
Posted by Nic in Greenlake on May 1, 2013 at 8:05 PM · Report this
poor David Ham....he is right in the middle of all this.

amazing coverage both of protesters toting rocks and other things, and also of cops making arrests with unknown/sketchy provocation.
Posted by genevieve on May 1, 2013 at 8:10 PM · Report this
it's like 5 protesters and 50 media and 100 cops this is stupid i want to watch probst
Posted by survivorfan69 on May 1, 2013 at 8:15 PM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 21
@16 if you noticed, chaos started downtown near corporations.

Not all the way back near Sun Liquor.

Not impressed by your amazing powers of analysis.
Posted by TheMisanthrope on May 1, 2013 at 8:15 PM · Report this

By gum, you're right! It's corporations who are "ramping shit," not undercover police mens!
Posted by robotslave on May 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM · Report this
@20 I know. Wuzrobbed of Survivor

Posted by genevieve on May 1, 2013 at 8:20 PM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 24
@22 meh. you did better earlier.

Posted by TheMisanthrope on May 1, 2013 at 8:26 PM · Report this

Wrong forum, my friend; you'll want to go back to your Reddit account if you want an audience of people who find those "memes" of yours to be "pithy."
Posted by robotslave on May 1, 2013 at 8:38 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 26

Down with the capitalism that just established 300 free rides in the form of all expenses paid tuition at SCCC?

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on May 1, 2013 at 9:47 PM · Report this

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