18 Arrested in Seattle Protests
8 cops injured in demonstrations that began peacefully
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 2, 2013 4:32 AM CDT
Updated May 2, 2013 7:27 AM CDT
Protesters react as a police flash-bang grenade goes off during a May Day march, May 1, 2013, in downtown Seattle.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(Newser) – Things started peacefully during May Day protests in Seattle yesterday—but they didn't stay that way. Police arrested 18 people after rocks and pipes were hurled and "smoke devices" lit, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. Eight officers and at least one passerby were injured in the fray, according to reports. The day began with a largely peaceful march for immigration reform; that event saw a minor conflict with figures in costume—Phoenix Jones types, the P-I suggests. It was later that the real trouble began.

An anti-capitalist march was planned to begin in the early evening; shortly after, police cited "flares or smoke devices" being used. Groups threw metal bars at store windows, cops said, and eventually police used pepper spray to "clear the streets." Meanwhile, in Washington, DC, two protest groups feuded, with some throwing flag poles and bags of urine, CNN reports. One group called itself the White Student Union; the other, the May Day Workers. May 1 is International Workers' Day, prompting worldwide demonstrations.

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May 2, 2013 8:30 AM CDT
We did not go to the demonstration this year.....because last year my kids and I got pepper sprayed in the faces trying to get out of the chaos the ''Black Bloc'' supposedly roused, its supporters into using as a means to makes chaos and disorder. It get the sentiment behind the May Day Protests, sadly, for Seattle, a handful of people may lead way for us to lose the right and ability to hold such Protests.
May 2, 2013 8:12 AM CDT
wooohooo....about damn time...the obozo regime and the libearal/sdemocrats are about to realize what their constitution killing policies are doing to America and it's citizens.....Americans are NOT going to stand for it! it WILL continue....Americans MUST protect the constitution at al costs....welcome to the NEW American revolution...thank a librat for this!
May 2, 2013 8:00 AM CDT
People in this country have GOT to realize that The Establishment is infiltrating all notable grass-roots organizations and activities not merely to disrupt them, but to "educate" the public to hate the grass-roots protesting. These grass-roots organizations are the very essence of Democracy in action. As they always start out peaceful and intellectual, then someone literally either takes-over as in Occupy Wallstreet (happened here too in Occupy Iowa City) or they foment violence which is The Establishment's way of justifying ending the "unpleasant" sight of disgruntled citizens in the streets using police force. The first indication that such a conspiracy was real happened when the FBI testified against itself in the Congressional hearing about the Memphis marches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., wherein the FBI admitted to infiltrating the marches and deliberately starting fist fights and breaking store windows with rocks and bricks to distract and discourage the real marchers and to give the police the excuse to deploy their anti-riot squads. We KNOW that was the case with the World Trade Organization meeting a couple years ago in the very same city of Seattle... so do not be a dupe and think the protest organization is responsible! I know for a fact that the anarchist group in Iowa City is a government spy organization because its leader recruits people specifically for the purpose of getting people in trouble. And besides... anarchy is insanity... anarchy only opens the door for gangs to take over!