Why are some in Seattle rioting on May 1, International Worker's Day?

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  1. jackclee lm profile image81
    jackclee lmposted 2 years ago

    Why are some in Seattle rioting on May 1, International Worker's Day?

    What ever happened to peaceful protest and the MLK's model of peaceful demonstrations?
    Why are local police and citizens putting up with this?
    Who is funding them and to what end?

  2. lions44 profile image97
    lions44posted 2 years ago

    The City has always had an undercurrent of left wing extremists and/or radical labor unionism.  There is still a statue of Lenin in Fremont (long story).

    However, these people call themselves "Anarchists," and have become a real problem for the past decade.  It was on local TV much of the night. Every local news outlet was following them. But SPD did a marvelous job herding them down to Sodo (area where the stadiums are and no small businesses). It petered out after that.  Couple of officers hurt and some protestors. 

    Seattle has been very permissive with these kinds of folks for too long. Finally, they got tough.  Panhandling, and other issues are big problems inside the City. I live south of there and the culture is very different.  Going to Seattle is like visiting another country.  But the City is much more diverse now in terms of locals vs transplants. The transplants are more corporate and won't put up these weirdoes anymore.  Even one of our long time news anchors, Steve Raible (former Seahawk and now play by play guy as well), openly criticizes the marches. 

    You're right on another thing - Who is funding these people? We were discussing that last night. 

    I doubt they have jobs.  What do they do the rest of the year? Plan for anarchy?  Isn't that an anachronism?    What kinds of meetings are they?

    1. jackclee lm profile image81
      jackclee lmposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I have relatives that live in suburb of Seattle and I have visited there many times. It is a shame that the local officials allow this to go on. Then again, you get the government you deserve. They voted them in. Thanks.

  3. tamarawilhite profile image91
    tamarawilhiteposted 2 years ago

    Because they like having an excuse to riot.

 
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