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Hundreds March In Seattle; Police Make Arrests

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UPDATE: SEATTLE (AP) - Ten people were arrested after participants in an anti-capitalist march meandered through downtown Seattle on May Day Thursday, vandalizing cars, confronting police officers and sparking minor street fires.

Violence has plagued May Day in Seattle during the past two years, with protesters challenging police in the streets and sometimes stealing the thunder of much larger daytime events calling for immigrant and worker rights. Last year, police arrested 18 people from a crowd that pelted them with rocks and bottles. Storefronts in downtown Seattle have also been smashed in previous protests.

But this year, the destruction wasn't as widespread. Seattle police were out in force on bicycles, foot and horseback, supplementing their numbers with officers from several other jurisdictions.

Several protesters chanted against police brutality.

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SEATTLE (AP) - Police fired pepper spray and arrested a half dozen people Thursday night as anti-capitalist marchers meandered through Seattle several hours after hundreds of peaceful demonstrators took part in a May Day march in support of immigrant rights and a boost in the minimum wage.
    
Police said they used pepper spray after some marchers threw bottles at officers in downtown Seattle. Protesters later started trash can fires in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Another arrest came after a brick was hurled at officers. A gun was recovered from one of those arrested, police said.
    
Seattle police were out in force on bicycles, foot and horseback.
    
Violence has plagued May Day in Seattle during the past two years, with protesters challenging police in the streets and sometimes stealing the thunder of much larger daytime events.
    
Last year, police arrested 18 people from a crowd that pelted them with rocks and bottles.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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