Tomorrow is May 1, or May Day, or “Workers of the World Unite” day. In Seattle, in the everlasting spirit of the WTO Riots of 1999, various leftist student, activist, and Anarchist groups get together and march for workers’ and immigrants’ “rights”. They normally start in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, and march down Pine Street to the downtown area, ending up at Westlake Center. Previous years have seen various degrees of property damage and general mayhem. In 2016, five Seattle police officers were injured by various projectiles (rocks, wrenches) hurled by the marchers. This year, however, will be different. ED: Article from May 1, disruptions expected all day.
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This is the first year of the despised Trump Administration, and the Seattle revolutionary elements have already signaled that this year’s “demonstrations” will be an order of magnitude larger. In fact, a Seattle City Council member, avowed Socialist Kshama Sawant, has actually urged the demonstrators to break the law. Yes, an elected member of the Seattle city government introduced a proposal to the council giving city employees the day off to join the protests. This proposal was unanimously adopted by the council. She has also gone so far as to urge the demonstrators to block streets. Seattle City Council Member says “Yes” to May Day Rioters. Many business owners in downtown Seattle proactively board up their windows and engage added security for May 1. I wonder how many of them will sit still for their government encouraging the violence.
Well, those business owners and their customers elected Sawant to the City Council. I wonder if they will regret that decision on Tuesday. And will Seattle’s Finest stand back and watch the rioters, or will they unmask and arrest all the rock-throwers and vandals? This year’s May Day may just be the Second Battle of Seattle, with similar results.