This is what a police state looks like. A peace demonstration was tear-gassed with ZERO provocation:
Police claim that barricades (sawhorses) were thrown at them, but this video clearly disproves that. There are no barricades in sight, let alone between the demonstrators and the line of battle-hungry cops. Right before the gas was fired, protesters had simply SAT DOWN, SINGING. It’s kind of hard to throw a sawhorse from a seated position without losing the tune of “Give Peace a Chance”!
In fact the only thing that does get thrown here is the tear gas:
Some demonstrators decided to try to toss the canisters back in the direction from whence they came. This is, of course, AFTER the cops threw them at the peace protesters in the first place.
Like I always say: It’s never a riot till the cops show up. Their job is to provoke violence, not quell it.
Seattle Indymedia story here.