Live updates from May Day demonstrations in Seattle. Earlier rallies for Black Lives Matter and immigrant rights have ended, and now an anti-capitalist march is making its way through Capitol Hill and protesters there are clashing with police.

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Below is the breaking account of all the May Day 2015 activities. Click here for our wrap-up of the day’s events, including videos and a photo gallery.

Update at 10:05 p.m.: The number of protesters at Seattle Central College has dwindled to about 75. Police continue to keep watch, allowing them to leave voluntarily but not allowing them back in.

Broadway has been reopened to traffic, an indication that many protesters have left the area.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said she was proud of the way her officers handled the protest, saying she thought they used an appropriate amount of force to quell the violence.

“I think their training kicked in. I’m very proud of the officers; I think they showed great restraint tonight,” she said.

Update at 9:41 p.m.: In addition to the injuries to three officers, several protesters have complained of injuries from police projectiles. Some have posted photos on Facebook. Some members of the media have also been hit. 

Update at 9:31 p.m.: The standoff continues at Seattle Central College. Protesters seem content setting fire to trash cans and yelling at police. Seattle police say the arrest total stands at 15.

Update at 9:24 p.m.:  The arrest count has risen to 15.

Update at 9:16 p.m.: The corralled group of demonstrators at Seattle Central College have started a small fire in a trash can and are lighting sticks, but overall the scene is pretty mellow.

Update at 8:47 p.m.: A large group of protesters has returned to Seattle Central College, where a large contingent of police is keeping an eye on the crowd.

The arrest total is at nine, with three police officers suffering minor injuries. Last year, there were 10 total arrests during May Day.

Anarchists light a fire and draw an “A” symbol in red spray paint on the silver sculpture outside Seattle Central College after being penned in by police near Broadway and Pine Street.   (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Anarchists light a fire and draw an “A” symbol in red spray paint on the silver sculpture outside Seattle Central College after being penned in by police near Broadway and Pine Street. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Update at 8:36 p.m.: The Seattle Emergency Operations Center is recommending that Capitol Hill residents and businesses take precautions as protests in the neighborhood have erupted into violence, according to a statement by Mayor Ed Murray’s office.

“As we continue to witness acts of violence from protesters, we urge folks on Capitol Hill to exercise caution,” said Murray. “Seattle Police are advising that businesses on Broadway and other Capitol Hill streets should take reasonable precautions to protect their employees and customers. Police will continue to work to protect people and property in the area, and will make arrests when necessary.”

A protester is arrested near East Pike Street and Belmont Avenue on May 1, 2015, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
A protester is arrested near East Pike Street and Belmont Avenue on May 1, 2015, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Update at 8:13 p.m.: “This is no longer demonstration management; this has turned into a riot,” said Seattle police Capt. Chris Fowler, May Day incident commander.

Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said injuries to three officers are not serious.

A Seattle police officer uses an air gun to shoot nonlethal bullets at protesters on Olive Way and Melrose Avenue. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)
A Seattle police officer uses an air gun to shoot nonlethal bullets at protesters on Olive Way and Melrose Avenue. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Update at 8 p.m.: The northbound Interstate 5 exit to Olive Way has been closed after reports that protesters were dropping objects onto the freeway. It’s unclear whether any vehicles were hit.

Update at 7:55 p.m.: “Lot more aggressive” crowd this year than the past two, says Seattle police Capt. Chris Fowler, incident commander. Protesters have hurled rocks, bottles and sticks.

Update at 7:44 p.m.: Police now say three officers have been injured at Howell Street and Broadway. The nature of their injuries is unknown.

Police push back demonstrators, begin using mace and flash bang grenades and tend to an injured officer in Capitol Hill on Broadway. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
Police push back demonstrators, begin using mace and flash bang grenades and tend to an injured officer in Capitol Hill on Broadway. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Update at 7:35 p.m.  Police have fired pepper spray and flash bangs at protesters at Broadway and Howell after being pelted with rocks. One officer was reportedly injured. There have been reports of at least five arrests today.

Seattle police deploy flash bangs during May Day protests near Seattle Central College. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)
Seattle police deploy flash bangs during May Day protests near Seattle Central College. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)
Police have fired pepper spray and flash bangs at protesters at Broadway and Howell after being pelted with rocks. (Lauren Frohne and Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Update at 7:15 p.m. Seattle police report an unknown protester smashed a window on Boylston Street. The protest was blocked by police at East Mercer Street and turned back onto Broadway.

Update at 6:53 p.mProtesters at the anti-capitalist rally faced off with a lone man carrying a rifle, chanting at him to “go away!”

Protesters at the anti-capitalist May Day gathering faced off with a lone man carrying a rifle, chanting at him to “go away!” (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

The crowd has started marching on Broadway, followed by a few dozen police officers.

The group is chanting “black lives matter” while bicycle officers follow nearby.

Police still report there has been only one arrest during May Day activities.

Update at 6:20 p.m. As the peaceful immigration May Day march wound down Friday evening after a rally at the federal courthouse, police focus turned to Capitol Hill, where an anti-capitalist protest was scheduled. Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said “most protesters have demonstrated responsibly” and that officers were “well prepared” if that changed.

Seattle Police Lt. Jim Arata, on a bicycle on the Seattle Central College Plaza, pointed to a group of masked and black-clad young people passing out water bottles — apparently anticipating pepper spray — and predicted a busier night.

“On the earlier march (to the federal courthouse) we watched a bunch of them hiding sticks up their sleeves,” he said. “They aren’t here to protest. They’re here to do battle.”

Update at 6:04 p.m.: A group of black-clad protesters, some wearing masks or bandanas over their faces, has started gathering at Seattle Central College on Capitol Hill for a scheduled anti-capitalist march. But the small crowd was outnumbered by reporters at the scene. Earlier, a solitary man with a bullhorn asked, “Where are the protesters?!”

Update at 5:15 p.m.: Seattle police have have arrested one man for throwing a rock at a window in the 1600 block of Belmont Avenue East. Police said the man was carrying a machete, paint and a wrench.

Update at 5:02 p.m.: The marchers have reached the federal courthouse in downtown Seattle, where speeches are expected.

Among those in the crowd have been people covering their faces with bandannas, Guy Fawkes masks or in gas masks. Police have kept a close eye on them. Some immigration protesters politely asked one group of masked individuals to move away from the front of the march.

Immigration marchers politely ask anarchist-styled protesters to leave the front of the march on 7th Avenue during the annual May Day march and rally for immigrants and workers’ rights. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Immigration marchers politely ask anarchist-styled protesters to leave the front of the march on 7th Avenue during the annual May Day march and rally for immigrants and workers’ rights. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Update at 4:14 p.m.: As marchers head north on Boren Avenue, Seattle police block off side streets well ahead of the throng. It appears to be working smoothly.

Meanwhile, in preparation for the protests expected later this evening, Starbucks boarded up its Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room on Capitol Hill, a high-end wonderland for coffee aficionados where recently a half-pound of top-notch Brazilian coffee retailed for $80. Several downtown locations were closed as well. The company didn’t comment on the measures.

Protesters march at Boren Avenue and James Street on First Hill during the annual May Day march and rally for immigrant and workers rights, sponsored by El Comite and the May 1st Action Coalition. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Protesters march at Boren Avenue and James Street on First Hill during the annual May Day march and rally for immigrant and workers rights, sponsored by El Comite and the May 1st Action Coalition. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Update at 3:52 p.m.: The marchers have reached Boren Avenue and a festive atmosphere seems to be prevailing.

Seattle police report no problems as the marchers slowly make their way for a rally at the downtown Seattle federal courthouse. Traffic is halted along the route and police are maintaining a heavy presence.

From the federal courthouse to Westlake Park, uniformed police, undercover officers and private security are on nearly every block.

Update at 3:21 p.m.: The march has started with dancers leading the group. 

Pavan Vangipuram, 28, member of the group One America, is making the march for the third time.

“Immigrants and refugees are making integral contributions to American society,” he said. “We need to make a space in the legal system for all who want to contribute.”

People protest at May Day for many different reasons. Listen to marchers describe their own personal motives, and experience the sights and sounds of the event. (Lauren Frohne and Corinne Chin / The Seattle Times)

Update at 3:11 p.m.: Signs and banners held by the growing crowd at Judkins Park speak to a variety of causes, concerns and participants. Just a few: Farm Worker Power, the King County Labor Council, Physicians for a National Health Program, Black Lives Matter and the Seattle Transit Riders Union.

Antonio Diaz joins several hundred people at Judkins Park for the annual May Day Rally and March on Friday, May 1, 2015. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
Antonio Diaz joins several hundred people at Judkins Park for the annual May Day Rally and March on Friday, May 1, 2015. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
Amber Smith joins protesters Friday at Judkins Park. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
Amber Smith joins protesters Friday at Judkins Park. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

In addition, marchers plan to carry signs with messages like “Stop murder by police,” a reference to deaths at the hands of police in Baltimore and Pasco.

The planned march will get underway soon. The march will end at the federal courthouse, where four empty King County Metro Transit buses are lined up at Seventh Avenue and Stewart Street to shuttle peaceful demonstrators back to Judkins Park following the march.  It’s a service Metro has provided before, said transit spokesman Jeff Switzer.

A few passersby wondered if buses were being deployed as some kind of crowd-control cordon.

Update at 2:32 p.m.: By shortly after 2 p.m. several dozen people in orange vests — marking them as “peacekeepers” for the afternoon march — gathered on South Weller Street outside the offices of El Comite, one of the groups organizing the May Day March for Workers and Immigrants Rights.

“Our intention is to have a peaceful demonstration,” said Oscar Rosales, a spokesman for the group.

He said planners of the march met earlier this week with representatives of the Seattle Police Department, the Seattle Department of Transportation and the mayor’s office to discuss logistics for the march downtown to the federal courthouse.

Rosales said the group is seeking greater work opportunities for undocumented workers nationwide.

“Families are being separated. People are losing their jobs,” he said, adding that there seems little regard in Congress for immigrants.

Several hundred people have gathered at Judkins Park in preparation for the march.

Diana Betancourt joins demonstrators at Judkins Park rallying over social justice issues, among them immigration. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
Diana Betancourt joins demonstrators at Judkins Park rallying over social justice issues, among them immigration. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Update at 1:44 p.m.: The demonstrators have reached Judkins Park, where they plan to join up with the May Day March for Workers and Immigrants Rights, set to begin at 2 p.m.

The group remains orderly, with occasional chants of “No justice, no peace.” There is a heavy police presence.

Police escorting a May Day march arrive at Judkins Park. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
Police escorting a May Day march arrive at Judkins Park. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Update at 1:14 p.m.: About 100 demonstrators have left the rally at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park and are marching north.

Seattle police are escorting the marchers, who are orderly. The march is being conducted without a permit.

At its peak, the “Black Lives Matter” rally drew 200 people.

Seattle Police escort a small group from the “Black Lives Matter” rally as they walk up Martin Luther King Jr. Way South on their way to another rally and march at Judkins Park. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)
Seattle Police escort a small group from the “Black Lives Matter” rally as they walk up Martin Luther King Jr. Way South on their way to another rally and march at Judkins Park. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Dasedric Watts said he traveled from Everett to participate.

He said he’s slightly encouraged by the news out of Baltimore that six officers had been charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, but he is not sure meaningful change will follow.

“There’s a difference between being charged and going to prison,” he said. “So far as I know, there’s never been a police officer gone to prison for killing a black man.”

Another man, Bob Zappone of South Seattle, said he’s always been concerned about social justice and equality but his interest intensified with the birth of his biracial grandson.

“I’m scared to death of the conversation we’ll have to have about how he has to live and the fear of police he has to have,” said Zappone, who is white.

Mark Cook, a former Black Panther who was among the speakers, urged members of the community to rely on each other and not the government.

He lauded peaceful protests, but also acknowledged the activities of self-proclaimed anarchists, saying “nobody pays attention” to the completely quiet.

“Wake up … damn it! Pay attention to what’s going on.”

“Black Lives Matter” rally moves up Rainier Avenue, in Seattle, WA, Friday, May 1, 2015. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)
“Black Lives Matter” rally moves up Rainier Avenue, in Seattle, WA, Friday, May 1, 2015. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Update at 1:06 p.m.: Organizers of the “Black Lives Matter” rally say they plan to march north, likely on Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, although they won’t say exactly where they are going.

With a helicopter buzzing overhead, a speaker starts off the “Black Lives Matter” rally at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park on Friday, May 1, 2015. The electricity for the sound system was not set up, so speakers have to raise their voices to reach the crowd of about 100 people. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)
With a helicopter buzzing overhead, a speaker starts off the “Black Lives Matter” rally at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park on Friday, May 1, 2015. The electricity for the sound system was not set up, so speakers have to raise their voices to reach the crowd of about 100 people. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Update at 12:01 p.m.: About 100 people have gathered at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park for a “Black Lives Matter” rally in solidarity with police-brutality protesters in Baltimore.

Activist Mark Cook speaks to the crowd at a “Black Lives Matter” rally in Seattle, Friday, May 1, 2015. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)
Activist Mark Cook speaks to the crowd at a “Black Lives Matter” rally in Seattle, Friday, May 1, 2015. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

“If a bad cop does something wrong and a good cop doesn’t speak up, they’re bad cops, too,” said former Black Panther Mark Cook.

Another speaker, Deborah Jackson, told the crowd she feared for the safety of her four sons because they are black.

“If you’re black, be careful,” she said.

Speaker Deborah Jackson addresses a crowd of about 100 at a “Black Lives Matter” rally at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. (Christine Clarridge / The Seattle Times)
Speaker Deborah Jackson addresses a crowd of about 100 at a “Black Lives Matter” rally at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. (Christine Clarridge / The Seattle Times)

The event was originally scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m., but was delayed for about an hour until power could be switched on for the microphone, according to one organizer.

Several police officers watched from nearby.

During a media briefing in downtown Seattle, police Capt. Chris Fowler said the “Black Lives Matter” rally had gone well, with no problems as of 12:30 p.m. Fowler is the SPD’s May Day incident commander.

The rally is one of three Seattle events planned for May Day.

A gathering in advance of the annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights, sponsored by El Comite and the May 1 Action Coalition, begins at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 611 20th Ave. S. The march will end with a rally at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Seattle at 700 Stewart St. Organizers estimate thousands of workers and immigrant-rights supporters will attend.

A non-permitted protest, billed as an anti-capitalist march, has been advertised on anarchists’ websites to start at 6 p.m. near Seattle Central College at Broadway and East Pine Street on Capitol Hill.

Original post: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the city is prepared for the possibility that self-proclaimed anarchists and others may attempt to use traditional May Day protests as an excuse for mayhem.

Speaking at a news conference at Cal Anderson Park on Friday morning, Murray urged people not to let violence distract from the larger conversations that need to happen. “Do not let a small group of individuals change the discussion,” he said.

The anger that has followed a number of police shootings across the country highlight what Murray called “a very difficult time in American history.”

Anger is justified, he said, but destruction is not the answer.

Instead, energy should be spent on getting voters registered, addressing mental health issues, creating jobs and correcting inequalities in the education and criminal-justice systems.

Murray said he and Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole “anticipate things may be more volatile tonight,” but noted destruction never results in positive change.

Murray spoke in advance of several May Day events planned in Seattle. The first is a “Black Lives Matter” event in solidarity with protesters in Baltimore, which drew about 100 people to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 2200 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.

A gathering in advance of the annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights, sponsored by El Comite and the May 1 Action Coalition, begins at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 611 20th Ave. S. The march will end with a rally at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Seattle at 700 Stewart St. Organizers estimate thousands of workers and immigrant-rights supporters will attend.

A non-permitted protest, billed as an anti-capitalist march, has been advertised on anarchists’ websites to start at 6 p.m. near Seattle Central College at Broadway and East Pine Street on Capitol Hill.

A few hundred protesters at a similar event marched through Seattle streets late into the evening last year, and 10 people were arrested.

Police won’t know the route of the evening march in advance but said it looks as if it will mirror previous years. Last year, officers allowed the protesters to walk a circuitous route through downtown and back up to Capitol Hill.

On Monday, Seattle police Capt. Chris Fowler said the department had been looking at events locally and nationally, especially the situation in Baltimore where the death of a man in police custody sparked riots that caused the Maryland governor to declare a state of emergency.

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Fowler, in his third year as May Day incident commander, said the department has met with immigration-march organizers, who have been working with those involved in last year’s Black Lives Matter demonstrations.