Seattle, WA - The Seattle city council has unanimously approved a resolution that city employees may take the day off to participate in May Day "demonstrations." However, the demonstrations that city council member Kshama Sawant was calling for sounds more like a riot.
Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant sponsored the resolution to give Seattle City employees the option of taking May 1st off to participate in demonstrations. She's also made it clear what the vision of the demonstrations would be.
Last month Kshama Sawant said, "I'm not saying no to any non-violent action," which suggests that she wants violent action, but isn't ruling out non-violent protest if she feels like not attacking people that day.
She said that on May Day, "If we truly want to build a summer of resistance against Trump and the billionaire class, we will need disruptive actions like shutting down airports, like shutting down highways," according to King 5.
May Day riots in Seattle have more or less become an annual event. On May 1st each year, anarchists come to the city and start rioting. Despite the fact that this happens every year, the city of Seattle lets them come in, destroy property, throw rocks and explosives at police officers, and only arrests a very small handful of the rioters. This is no exaggeration, it happens every year:
In years past, the anarchists were just called anarchists. Now they've re-branded as Antifa, and have been mass recruiting people who want to participate in violent rioting because Donald Trump is the president. This year's event is expected to be bigger and more violent than years past, and Kshama Sawant is supporting this illegal behavior.
Even Seattle's ultra-liberal mayor, Ed Murray, won't agree with Sawant.
"Civil disobedience has a long history in our country and in this city," Mayor Ed Murray said Monday. "We need to keep our freeways and our on and off ramps ... the state, of course, needs to keep our on and off ramps open... I think it would be unfortunate and perhaps tragic for an elected official to encourage people to confront and engage in confrontations with the police department."
Now that city employees have all been approved to take May Day off, perhaps our Seattle police officers should all take the day off as well.
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