U.S. rioters smash B.C. man's car 0
Masked protesters take the first swings with wooden poles to destroy the glass storefront of a Niketown store, during May Day demonstrations that went violent in downtown Seattle May 1, 2012. Several hundred demonstrators, including hundreds in black masks, hoods and armed with bats destroyed the windows of a Wells Fargo Bank and an American Apparel store during one of the numerous marches throughout downtown Seattle. (REUTERS/Anthony Bolante)
While May Day labour protests in Canada were largely peaceful, a Vancouver family had its car smashed during a Seattle riot, according to U.S. media reports Tuesday.
A man, identified only as Sam, told reporters he was on holiday with his family, and was returning to his parked Hyundai outside Niketown when his B.C. plates attracted the mob.
His car’s windows were smashed, while nearby police looked on.
“I don’t know why people want pictures of my car. I don’t know why they have to mouth off to me and tell me to go back to Canada,” he told Seattle media. “This is a real welcome to Seattle.”
A Kiro TV reporter described the scene in his live report: “As he’s here returning to the car … he starts getting heat from people on bikes riding by him. They had seen the British Columbia licence plate. They started saying, ‘Hey hoser, go back to Canada.’ I kid you not, he was getting grief from people … for being from Canada.”
Hours later, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn apologized and said at least two people have been arrested.
He signed an emergency order to allow police to seize items that could be potentially used as weapons, particularly tire irons, sign posts and hammers.
According to officials, similar outbursts also hit Oakland, Portland and San Francisco.