Updates: Hundreds March In Seattle For May Day

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Latest on May Day rallies and protests in the Northwest (all times local):

10:15 p.m.

Seattle police say five people were arrested in May Day protests downtown.

Seattle police tweeted Monday night that those arrested ranged in age from 19 to 51. A 26-year-old man was arrested after reportedly throwing a rock as a group of Trump supporters met up with other protesters in Westlake Park.

Police Chief Ronnie Roberts in Olympia, Washington, said Monday night that nine people were arrested in a May Day protest-turned-riot and that all were booked on a felony riot charge.

Roberts says rioters hit nine police officers with rocks or marbles flung out of slingshots but no one was seriously injured thanks to helmets and other gear.

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7:30 p.m.

Thousands of union members and activists were marching in the shadow of some of the biggest resorts on the Las Vegas Strip during a May Day event organized to push back against Trump administration policies.

The loud and colorful demonstration Monday on Las Vegas Boulevard drew stares from tourists from Chicago, Boston and California, and remained peaceful.

In Olympia, Washington, police ordered protesters to disperse, calling them “members of a mob” as some threw bottles, used pepper spray and fired rocks from slingshots at officers.

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7 p.m.

Seattle police have arrested one person during a May Day rally.

Seattle police said on Twitter that the suspect was arrested early Monday evening for reportedly throwing a rock as a group of Trump supporters met up with other May Day protesters in Westlake Park.

Meanwhile in Portland, “numerous people have been arrested” in a May Day rally and march turned riot because of anarchists, police said.

Reporters from multiple media outlets in Portland were tweeting photos of broken and cracked windows at businesses including Target and J. Crew as well as at Portland City Hall.

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5:05 p.m.

Portland, Ore.

Portland police say officers have arrested three people near Pioneer Square during a May Day rally and march which they now consider a riot.

Police said on Twitter Monday afternoon that anarchists destroyed a police car, damaged numerous windows and property, started fires in the streets and attacked police.

Police were telling people to leave or risk arrest after canceling a permit obtained for the May Day event.

It wasn’t immediately clear if anyone had been injured.

4:33 p.m.

Portland, Ore.

Portland police say the permit obtained for the May Day rally and march was canceled as some marchers began throwing projectiles at officers.

Police said on Twitter that all participants were encouraged to leave the march as smoke bombs and other items continued to be thrown at police Monday afternoon.

Police say the permit was being canceled “due to numerous incidents of thrown projectiles, incendiary devices, and other unsafe conditions.”

No injuries had been reported.

1:41 p.m.

Chanting “Stand up, fight back,” hundreds of people marched through downtown Seattle to support immigrants and workers.

Native American dancers walked in front of the larger gathering of protesters.

The march followed a rally at a city park where speakers, including Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, urged resistance to President Donald Trump’s policies.

Seattle Police say they ultimately expect up to 1,500 people to take part in the march Monday afternoon, and a large police presence was noticeable. Later Monday anti-capitalist gatherings were expected throughout the city.

Seattle traditionally sees large, disruptive May Day gatherings. Last year police used pepper spray to disperse black-clad protesters. Five officers were hurt, none seriously, and police arrested nine people.

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8:17 a.m.

Thousands of people are expected to attend May Day rallies for immigrants and workers in Seattle and Portland.

In Seattle multiple marches and rallies are planned throughout Monday. The 18th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights was to begin late in the morning, with participants walking through downtown. Anti-capitalist marches and gatherings were expected throughout the city Monday night.

In Portland, Oregon, marches were set to begin 3 p.m. in downtown. In both Seattle and Portland major traffic disruptions were expected.

Seattle traditionally sees large, disruptive May Day gatherings. Last year police used pepper spray to disperse black-clad protesters. Five officers were hurt, none seriously, and police arrested nine people. In 2015 Seattle police arrested 16 people during demonstrations and in 2014 10 people were arrested. In 2013, police arrested 18 people from a crowd that pelted them with rocks and bottles.

 

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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