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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

May 6, 2013 at 7:48 AM

May Day protests turn violent

Seattle police did well but could have made more arrests

May Day protesters run for cover as police officers deploy concussion grenade to disperse the crowd in downtown Seattle. (Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

May Day protesters run for cover as police officers deploy concussion grenade to disperse the crowd in downtown Seattle. (Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

I, for one, was happy to see the increased police action at this year’s May Day marches [“Day of peaceful protests turns rowdier at night,” page one, May 2].

While citizens have the right to “peacefully” assemble, they in no way have any right to do so violently, or damage public or private property.

If the “anarchists” believe so strongly in what they are doing, why are they hiding behind masks? Once they engaged in unlawful activities, they not only lost their rights; they also lost the chance to convey their messages to the public.

They are fortunate they even have the right to protest at all. If this was in almost any other country, they would be lucky to simply end up in jail, because in some countries, this would have been their last protest.

I think the most unfortunate part was that there were only 18 arrests, because I am sure there were more who should have been in jail last night. Congratulations to the Seattle Police Department because it got it right this year.

Ron Hopper, Carnation

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