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Shocker: Immigrants Rights Rally Turned Violent

From the Associated Press:

May Day rally turns violent in Seattle

By GENE JOHNSON | May 2, 2013

SEATTLE (AP) — Police used "flash bangs" and pepper spray against some protesters who pelted them with rocks and bottles late Wednesday, as violence erupted during May Day in Seattle.

Several dozen protesters, many using bandanas to cover their faces, began clashing with police in downtown Seattle hours after a peaceful immigrant-rights march ended.

You see? It was "peaceful" until it became violent. — And what rights do immigrants have?

Protesters threw rocks and bottles at police officers and news crews. As they moved through downtown Seattle to another nearby neighborhood, they flung construction street barriers, trash cans and newspaper bins on the streets in an attempt to block advancing police officers. Windows of local 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 the Capitol Hill neighborhood, and they left a wake of overturned trash cans and debris on the street, as well as smashed windows on local businesses.

In the aftermath, 18 people were arrested, the Seattle Police Capt. Chris Fowler said.

And immediately set free. After all, they are just kids out on a lark.

Fowler said that eight officer were injured, mostly scrapes and bruises. One officer was hit by a rock on her knee.

The violence stemmed from a march that billed itself as an "anti-capitalism" protest. Initially, the protesters concentrated on a business sector of downtown Seattle.

Despite lacking a permit to march, Seattle police escorted them as through [sic] downtown…

So instead of being prevented from marching, they were given an honor guard by the police.

"That first march came downtown. It was absolutely peaceful…it was almost a festive affair and they had some serious messages, too, that they wanted to express. No incidents whatsoever," McGinn said. "The second march was very different, and it wasn’t just merely because it was unpermitted. I think it also had to do with the nature of the individuals in it and what they wanted to do."

There were no immediate cost estimates of the damage left.

This is the second year in a row violence has broken out during May Day in Seattle. Last year, anarchists broke windows of store fronts, including Niketown, and vehicles and used smoke bombs. Protesters also targeted a federal building, breaking windows and doors…

The violence marred a May Day that immigrant-rights activists hoped would put a focus back on immigration reform

Why aren’t these professional protestors considered to be domestic terrorists? It’s always the same crowd, no matter what the current cause is.

How are they any different from regular terrorists? They break things and cause trouble to try to get attention for their cause of the moment. (Anti-capitalism, ‘immigrant rights.’)

Anyway, once again, this has gotten barely any coverage from the news media. But just imagine if it had been a Tea Party rally.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Shocker: Immigrants Rights Rally Turned Violent”

  1. Immigrants? They Aren’t Immigrants!

    They’re law breakers in our sovereign nation illegally

    • captstubby

      coverage from the news media could put a bad light on the upcoming celebration held on May 5.

      Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”)
      It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War,
      to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862,
      legend has it “that had the French defeated México at Puebla, France would have aided the South in the American Civil War in order to free Southern ports of the Union Blockade.
      The Mexican victory, however, was short-lived. Thirty thousand troops and a full year later, the French were able to defeat the Mexican army, capture Mexico City, and instate Emperor Maximilian I as ruler of Mexico. However, the French victory was also short-lived, lasting only 3 years, from 1864 to 1867. By 1865, “with the American Civil War now over, the U.S. began to provide more political and military assistance to Mexico to expel the French”.[2] Upon the conclusion of the U.S. Civil War, Napoleon III, facing a persistently tenacious Mexican guerilla resistance, its ongoing war with Prussia, and “the prospect of a serious scrap with the United States”, retreated from Mexico starting in 1866

      “The holiday, which has been celebrated in California continuously since 1863, is virtually ignored in Mexico.” TIME magazine reports that “Cinco de Mayo started to come into vogue in 1940s America during the rise of the Chicano movement.”The holiday crossed over from California into the United States in the 1950s and 1960s but didn’t gain popularity until the 1980s when marketers, especially beer companies, capitalized on the celebratory nature of the day and began to promote it.

      On June 7, 2005, the U.S. Congress issued a Concurrent Resolution calling on the President of the United States to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

      From Wikipedia




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