But in the end, all Seattle got out of Monday’s protests were a “peace joint” shared between opposing demonstrators and sips from a Pepsi can, mocking a controversial ad featuring model and Kardashian clan member Kendall Jenner as a soda-wielding protester.
Contrast that with Portland, where demonstrators threw smoke bombs and Molotov cocktails at police during May Day protests there.
(Police declare riot as protesters set fires during May Day march in downtown Portland. Courtesy of The Oregonian and YouTube)
Police eventually declared a riot and arrested more than two dozen people.
And in Washington’s capitol, Olympia police reported they took at least eight people into custody after black-clad protesters throwing rocks and smashing windows injured several officers.
A sling shot and sack of river rocks and cans of LaCroix were among the weapons police say were used on officers.
“I’m saying there are other avenues. Prisons aren’t the answer.”
Earlier in the day, pro- and anti-Trump activists converged near Westlake Park downtown and debated how well the new president has handled his first 100 days in office.
During a Patriot Prayer march along Fourth Avenue, supporters of the president surrounded and promised to defend the free-speech rights of a lone anti-Trump protester.
Police were also monitoring reports of a far-right group called the Proud Boys.
The group was responsible for violent confrontations at recent counter-protests in Berkeley and New York.
At Westlake Park, a couple of 17-year-olds from Bothell High came to see the action for themselves.
(Several arrests were made in May Day protests on Monday in Portland, Oregon. Police said a group of anarchists destroyed a police car, and damaged numerous properties. (May 1) Courtesy of Associated Press and YouTube)
Carsten Brush and Niko Ziegler said it wasn’t what they expected.
“They looked a little bored,” said Brush.
Said Ziegler about this year’s May Day, “It’s not like TV, with windows smashed.”