The Latest: Anti-capitalist group marches through Seattle

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on May Day marches across the U.S. (all times local):

6:50 p.m.

Seattle Police say officers have reported being struck by sticks and batons by some anti-capitalist demonstrators at a May Day protest in Seattle.

Dozens of people wearing black gathered at a downtown park Sunday following a peaceful, permitted march by advocates for workers and immigrants.

The anti-capitalist demonstrators, who didn’t have a permit from city officials, then started marching through the streets. They carried signs including one that said, “We Are Ungovernable.”

Some downtown businesses earlier boarded up storefronts, anticipating violence.

Police reported seeing people with rocks and cans of spray paint in the crowd. They say there was some property damage, including broken windows at a residential building.


6:15 p.m.

Social justice advocates in New Hampshire are making the rejection of racism, xenophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment the themes of their annual May Day Rally for Immigrant Justice.

Rain forced the multicultural rally indoors Sunday at the Community Church of Durham from the University of New Hampshire campus. The event featured speeches, dance and music.

Eva Castillo of the Manchester-based New Hampshire Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees says it’s more important than ever to speak out for policies rooted in compassion, justice and fairness.

May 1 is celebrated in many countries as International Workers Day. It also has become a day for immigrants and their allies to rally in the United States.

Demonstrations also took place Sunday in Portland, Oregon, Seattle, and in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland, California.


5:30 p.m.

Hundreds of people marched through Seattle’s Central District and downtown as part of May Day festivities to support immigrants and workers.

Many participants Sunday carried signs and flags as they made their way through the city under sunny skies.

Seattle Police escorted the marchers for the permitted parade. There was also a concert at Seattle’s Westlake Park.

Steve Wilske, Seattle Police assistant chief, called the afternoon march “very successful.”

Later in the evening an anti-capitalist march was slated to begin in a downtown park. Authorities haven’t issued a permit for that gathering.

Large May Day events also took place Sunday in Portland, Oregon, and in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland, California.


3:45 p.m.

Hundreds of workers are rallying and marching along San Francisco’s scenic bay front in support of immigrant and workers’ rights and to demand justice for several men shot and killed by city police.

Members of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union began their May Day celebration Sunday with a rally at Fisherman’s Wharf.

About 300 people then marched along the Embarcadero. They held signs that read “Long Live May Day” and “Stop Police Terror.” And they chanted, “No justice, no peace! No racist police!”

The crowd is holding a second rally at the Harry Bridges Plaza, across from the Ferry Building, where relatives of several Latino and black men killed by San Francisco police are speaking.

Across the bay in Oakland, workers with the same union marched from the Fruitvale BART station to a park, where a fair on community resources is being held.


2 p.m.

Hundreds of May Day demonstrators carrying signs and chanting slogans have taken to the streets of Los Angeles to demand more rights for workers and immigrants.

The rally is among many planned in cities nationwide Sunday to call for better wages for workers and an end to deportations. Marchers are also speaking out against hateful rhetoric targeting immigrants, workers and women following remarks by leading Republican presidential contender Donald Trump.

Police say the Los Angeles rally has been peaceful.

Elsewhere in California, demonstrations are planned in San Francisco and Oakland.

Around the world, union members have traditionally marched on May 1 for workers’ rights.

comments powered by Disqus