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Protesters Clash With Cops at Seattle May Day March

Anti-capitalist protesters hurled firecrackers, bottles and bricks at cops and destroyed property during a May Day march through the Seattle, police said Friday.

Nine people were arrested, including one man who had a gun recovered from him, during the annual march that has been plagued with violence over the last two years, Seattle Police Department said on their blog.

The march heated up as the march made its way into downtown Seattle, according to NBC station King 5 and Police said suspects threw bottles at officers and Metro buses.

Image: Policemen target protestors with pepper spray during an anti-capitalist demonstration in Seattle, Washington
Police target protesters with pepper spray during an anti-capitalist demonstration in Seattle on Thursday.DAVID RYDER / Reuters

A driver in a convertible got caught in the march was surrounded by protesters who damaged his car, but did not injure him.

A skirmish also broke out between people dressed as “superheroes” and "black clad adversaries" police tweeted.

Possibly anticipating trouble Seattle PD said there was a “substantial police presence” in the city and they had called in officers from other jurisdictions for assistance.

Image: Police detain a man during an anti-capitalist demonstration in Seattle, Washington
Police detain a man during the demonstration.DAVID RYDER / Reuters

“Officers found ‘Kill SPD’ spray painted on a bank,” and the anarchist symbol paint on a car dealership police said on their blog.

Threatening posters with messages like “the only good cop is a dead cop” and photos of a burnt and battered SDP officer shaped piñata had also been found in the run up to the march.

However King 5 said the protest was, “relatively peaceful protest compared to years previous in Seattle.”

-Henry Austin