Occupy Seattle condemns violence from May Day protests

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 7:38 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 2 at 10:06 AM

One day after vandals ravaged Seattle's May Day demonstrations, members of Occupy Seattle spoke out against the violent acts that took place.

"Occupy Seattle did not endorse any kind of property damage," said Mark Taylor-Canfield, an organizer of the Occupy Seattle movement.

Canfield said members of his group did not know about the plans of vandals, identified by Seattle Police as the "Black Bloc," because they were focused on keeping concerts and speeches at Westlake peaceful.

"No, I was personally in shock," said Canfield. "I was shocked to see the amount of damage at the end of the day. We were concentrating on Westlake Center and keeping that a safe place."

Canfield said he hopes the destruction does not diminish his group's message -- anti-corruption on Wall Street, workers' rights and immigration rights.

"A lot of people who support the Occupy Wall Street movement and a lot of the occupiers themselves are very distressed about the fact that our message has been lost now because of broken glass broken windows, pepper spray and tear gas."

 

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