May 3, 2013 at 7:32 AM
May Day protests turn violent
Violence distracts from protesters’ message
A little night music at the May Day rally yesterday, and the next morning, all they’re talking about is the violence [“Day of peaceful protests turns rowdier at night,” page one, May 2].We won the eight-hour workday, 40-hour workweek, sick leave, medical care, competitive-wage scales and safe working conditions because labor and immigrant activists like the ones in Seattle last night marched on May Days and countless other days for 150 years in order to end oppression and further the cause of human liberty.
A marginal dust-up orchestrated by the misplaced stupidity of a few creeps at the tail end of one protest rally won’t change the fact that the struggle for egalitarian democracy is just and ongoing.
Rhett Gambol, Seattle
Seattle was too passive
As this Boston native watched May Day anarchists trash Capitol Hill, I had one question, “What would Boston do?”
Over the past 10 years I have struggled with the passive approach of Seattle culture. Sometimes I am perceived as too intense, too “East Coast,” a tad harsh.
Last night as I watched a group of idiots, hiding their faces, smash windows and throw rocks [“Day of peaceful protests turns rowdier at night,” page one, May 2], I was shocked that as a community, no one was pushing back. I kept waiting for someone to come out of their store with a bat.
As I watched these uncoordinated idiots flip over trash cans and trip over their untied sneakers, I imagined what my son’s fourth-grade lacrosse team could do to the entire swarm. Where the hell is Seattle?
This isn’t a police issue, this is our issue. I can guarantee you if those clowns took that show on the road to Boston, it would be over quickly and they would never come back.
Ana Brown, Seattle
Seattle Police Department deserves round of applause
At last, after years of ineffectual leadership, being outthought, outmaneuvered and outflanked, the real Seattle Police Department showed up [“Day of peaceful protests turns rowdier at night,” page one, May 2].
Who can forget last year’s debacle of anarchist protesters running wild with impunity while the police were nowhere to be seen? This year was different. Police were out in force, and when things got ugly, they pounced. Using bicycles, pepper spray, stun grenades and tactical discipline, they effectively prevented property damage to the downtown core and pushed the protesters back to Capitol Hill from whence they came.
Give credit where credit is due. Salute the Seattle Police Department for a job well done!
Douglas Barnett, Seattle
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