Seattle May Day: If you’re wondering about demonstration status…

4:03 PM: Just wanted to mention it in case you’re about to head home or to downtown and are wondering what’s going on: Demonstrators have been marching much of the afternoon but no problems have been reported. Seattle Police are tweeting locations and, when applicable, traffic effects; the best place to monitor is the SPD Twitter account (you don’t have to be a Twitter member to see it) – SDOT is tweeting traffic updates, too.

7:33 PM UPDATE: Now there’s trouble, with what the SPD tweets described as the “unplanned” demonstration. Rock-throwing and window-breaking is reported. They’re facing off with police on Capitol Hill, who have issued a “dispersal order.” As the commute period is over, we’re moving on with other news, but the same links above still apply, as do all the citywide news orgs, and our friends at are tweeting, too:

9:43 PM: The city Emergency Operations Center has issued two statements from the mayor – this, just a few minutes ago:

Seattle celebrates free speech, the right to assemble and freedom of the press. People are raising their voices across the nation, working constructively to advance issues of racial equity and justice in our society. During this moment in history, peaceful protest and civil disobedience can be effective vehicles of social change. The City of Seattle prepared extensively to protect the rights of peaceful protesters to express their anger at racism and injustice.

What erupted tonight is a very different story. Tonight we saw assaults on police officers and senseless property damage, which cannot be tolerated. Those who are violent will be arrested. We will work to disperse groups that are threatening the safety of our residents and businesses.

7 Replies to "Seattle May Day: If you're wondering about demonstration status..."

  • busrider May 1, 2015 (7:17 pm)

    Regular work day for me. People left early or worked remotely. My 5:00 bus was only 20% full this afternoon.

    • WSB May 1, 2015 (7:40 pm)

      We heard many had plans for that. The planned demonstration was calm but SPD and reporters are tweeting that the “unplanned” one under way now on Capitol Hill is *not* – we’ve added that above.

  • sc May 1, 2015 (7:53 pm)

    If you do not show your face I have no respect for your “cause”.

  • JKB May 1, 2015 (9:40 pm)

    These are people who burn their own flags in protest.

  • Silly Goose May 2, 2015 (8:26 am)

    I was so upset watching this protest and witnessing our Police Offier dealing with these ignorant cowards! The stress that is put on these officer for hours so these cowards can destroy our beautiful city under the cowardness of a bandanna or a mask!! All a bunch of losers who should be arrested and locked up for years!

  • Diane May 2, 2015 (12:01 pm)

    the much more important march, which was permitted and peaceful, to bring attention to immigration rights, $15 min wage, racial equality, deserves more attention; I hate that these crazed terrorist anarchists have distracted from the better message; it was only about 10 yrs ago that there was a HUGE march on downtown streets for immigrations rights; it was wonderful; took the Water Taxi downtown with the kiddos to watch the colorful diverse parade
    and how many low wage workers lost a day of paid work yesterday & last night, due to businesses shutting down? like Starbucks; they shut down all their stores; did the workers get paid?
    who the hell are these terrorist anarchists? what is their point? there doesn’t seem to be any message except violence and destruction; please GO AWAY forever

  • Mountain Peaks May 3, 2015 (11:41 pm)

    Watch SPD provoke the riot and blame it on protesters
    RAW footage shows citizen reporters being shot in the face, chest, and back with percussion grenades, rubber bullets, and pepper spray.

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