Tuesday, July 10, 2012



Early this morning, SWAT Teams from Seattle PD launched a violent raid on the apartment of Red Spark Collective and Occupy Seattle organizers, ransacking the residence looking for "anarchist materials" and clothing supposedly in connection with the Seattle May Day incident in which Black Bloc anarchist protesters vandalized store fronts and cars near Westlake Park.
The police forced their way in the apartment with a battering ram and flashbang grenades, entering with automatic weapons drawn. From a report posted on kasamaproject.org:

The neighbor Natalio Perez heard the attack from downstairs: “Suddenly we heard the bang of their grenade, and the crashing as police entered the apartment. The crashing and stomping continued for a long time as they tore the place apart.”
This action targets well known activists from Occupy Seattle and the Red Spark Collective (part of the national Kasama network).
This apartment has been a hub for organizing the Everything 4 Everyone festival in August – to bring together West Coast forces for a cultural and political event building on the year of Occupy.

The raid is a heavy-handed threat delivered by armed police aimed at intimidating specific people – but also st suppressing the work to continue the Occupy movement in Seattle, and create E4E as a space for radical gathering.
The SPD Posted in their blotter:
Early this morning, SWAT and detectives served a search warrant to a residence as part of the ongoing May Day investigation. Just before 6:00 am, detectives contacted four individuals inside the residence in the 1100 Block of 29th Avenue South. The search resulted in evidence that will be useful in the investigation. The detectives are continuing to work toward identifying suspects in the May Day riot. There may be more search warrants in the future. The four individuals contacted inside the residence this morning were cooperative with investigators and after being interviewed, were released from the scene. The May Day investigation continues.
These heavy-handed tactics continue a wave of repressive crackdowns that have been seen across the nation, targeting activists' homes and centers of activity. Fellow workers concerned with upholding their rights of free speech and freedom from unlawful search and seizure as guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, are urged to contact the Seattle Police Department at their non-emergency line at: (206) 625-5011, or the offices of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn at (206) 684-2489 and protest the SPD's
Stormtrooper actions.

UPDATE: Further developments to the story -  http://kasamaproject.org/2012/07/10/details-in-seattle-swat-raid-for-black-hoodie-pink-scarf-dangerous-pamphlets/

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