VIDEO: May Day protest in Seattle results in arrests, officials brace for more disruption

SEATTLE (AP) — In Seattle, hundreds of people chanting “Stand up, fight back” marched through downtown Monday to support immigrants and workers on May Day.

In Shemanski Park in Portland before the violence broke out hundreds of people, including some families with children, gathered at a May Day rally and watched dancers in bright feathered headdresses perform to the beat of drums.

In both Portland and Seattle, city authorities had braced for demonstrations to turn disruptive, with some businesses boarding up windows and erecting barricades.

Seattle police say officers have arrested a second person at a May Day rally downtown.

Seattle police said on Twitter Monday evening that a second person was arrested at Westlake Park after a 26-year-old man was arrested earlier for reportedly throwing a rock.

Seattle police said on Twitter that the first 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.

Police in Olympia, Washington were ordering a group of protesters to disperse Monday evening, saying “the group is not friendly.”

Police described the group as “members of a mob” wearing masks and said they were firing rocks from sling shots at officers as well as throwing bottles and using pepper spray. Police said they had “deployed crowd control devices.”

U.S. Army veteran Andy Ribaudo wears his American flag insignia upside down, generally recognized as a signal of distress, as he leads an anti-war march by veterans during a May Day demonstration Monday, May 1, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
U.S. Army veteran Andy Ribaudo wears his American flag insignia upside down, generally recognized as a signal of distress, as he leads an anti-war march by veterans during a May Day demonstration Monday, May 1, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Friends Marian Drake and Martin Anderson attended the Portland rally earlier in the day and watched from a nearby park bench as they held balloons supporting the International Workers Union.

“Things are so screwed up in this country. You’ve got a city right here that’s full of homeless people and you’ve got a president …whose budget is going to cut 40 percent to the EPA and end Meals on Wheels. We don’t like those kinds of things,” Anderson said.

Across the street, friends Josh Elms and Ryan Falck sported red scarves and carried small Soviet flags as they prepared to march in support of workers’ rights.

Elms, a teacher’s aide who teaches kindergarteners how to read, said it was his first political rally and march and Trump’s election drove him to participate.

“This is the first actual protest that I’ve participated in because this year, with the election, I was flummoxed,” he said.

In Seattle, 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.

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

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