Seattle police putting last-minute plans in place for May Day

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 9:28 PM

Expect to see a larger police presence in downtown Seattle Tuesday, one day before May Day celebrations and protests.

Seattle police are putting last-minute plans in place to prepare for what may happen. At least three groups of protesters are expected to converge on downtown throughout the day, but only one group, El Comite, has a legal permit. And that group, who plans to march peacefully, is concerned any unrelated mayhem will drown out their message.

"My concern is the way it's portrayed in the news - violence erupts and taken over by a peaceful march. They were not even close to us," said Juan Bcanerga of El Comite, May Day organizer.

Over 500 Seattle Police officers will work on May Day. They have gone through special training on crowd control.

At some point Wednesday in Westlake Park, a group called the "Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army" is set to protest social injustice.

At 6 p.m., protesters are expected to march from Seattle Central Community College, but the big wildcard are local anarchists. Online, they claim to be preparing for some sort of demonstration, but the question is will things look like they did last year?

Police and businesses downtown are hoping to avoid a repeat of what happened last May Day when anarchists made their way into the crowd and vandalized businesses and other buildings.

They are being ordered to move in at the first sign of trouble – everything from damaging property to harming bystanders.

The police captain overseeing the May Day enforcement says use of pepper spray is not out of the question

Here is the route as we know it: El Comite will march Wednesday starting at 3 p.m. Dozens will begin at Judkins Park, cross under I-5 on King Street. Then they march into downtown, up 4th Avenue and eventually end at 2nd and Madison streets in front of the Federal Building, where a rally is planned for 4:30 p.m.

 

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