Topic: May Day
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May 6, 2013 at 7:48 AM
Seattle police did well but could have made more arrests
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
May 5, 2013 at 7:07 AM
Pair deserved jail time
Nobody likes to be a snitch, and solitary confinement may have been too harsh in this case, but Katherine Olejnik and Matthew Duran were rightfully imprisoned for contempt of court [“Pair jailed over May Day in ’12 steer clear — again,” NWThursday, May 2].
I don’t believe for a minute the contention that the government wanted to identify their friends’ “political beliefs.” The feds wanted to know the plans of their anarchist friends to commit illegal acts, like attacking police officers and destroying property. Olejnik and Duran should have either revealed those plans or truthfully claimed no knowledge of them. Both people deserved to do time.
The Seattle Times readers wouldn’t know of this viewpoint from Alexa Vaughn’s biased article, which sympathizes with the defendants and fails to question their refusal to take personal responsibility for their knowledge of criminal acts.
Phillip Johnson, Seattle
May 3, 2013 at 7:32 AM
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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