SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle police who were caught off-guard last year by May Day violence say they’re prepared to handle Wednesday’s marches and rallies in the city.

Police say participants can expect to see a large number of officers. The department says they’ll direct traffic, respond to unlawful behavior and ensure that demonstrators are able to freely and safely exercise First Amendment rights.

The main event is an afternoon march for worker and immigrant rights from the Central District to the Jackson Federal Building. An anti-capitalism march, which did not receive a permit, is expected to start at 6 p.m. at Seattle Community College.

Last year some marchers broke downtown windows and set fires.

Other demonstrations and rallies are planned in Olympia, Mount Vernon, Spokane, Vancouver, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and Yakima.

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