Plans by self-proclaimed anarchists to fill a King County Jail courtroom failed to materialize this afternoon as three men accused of May Day violence appeared before a judge.
A post on the web site for Puget Sound Anarchists urged members to “pack the courtroom,” but the media far outnumbered others in the courtroom. However, about 20 people who waited outside the jail said they couldn’t get in the courtroom because it was packed with reporters and photographers.
Two of the three who appeared this afternoon were ordered to return to court May 20 for arraignment. The third, a 19-year-old unemployed machinist from Lynnwood, was released with no charges.
Some of the protesters arrested during May Day’s “anti-capitalism” demonstration are expected to be charged today with felonies. Five made initial court appearances Thursday, with a King County District Court judge finding probable cause in each of the cases for crimes of rioting, assaulting Seattle police officers or both.
Last week, the City Attorney’s Office charged six people with misdemeanor crimes in connection with the May Day violence.