On the morning of July 10th, Occupy organizers and Everything For Everyone (E4E) activists in Seattle were woken up by the sound of flash-bang grenades and battering rams. While police claimed they were looking for ‘anarchist materials’, including articles of clothing possibly worn during a MayDay protest, no one was arrested.
A SWAT team descended on an apartment connected to members of the Occupy movement early Tuesday morning, looking for evidence in the continued investigation into May Day protests, the Seattle Police Department said Tuesday.
Just before 6:00 a.m., police served a search warrant at the residence in the 1100 Block of 29th Avenue South. Police described the four occupants as “cooperative.”
Unconfirmed accounts of the raid, as released by Occupy Seattle, describe a chaotic scene that involved officers “breaking down the door,” “holding drawn tactical rifles, “yelling over a loudspeaker,” and using a flash bang grenade.
Meanwhile, the Seattle Police Department has stated that the investigation into the May Day protests will continue and there may be more search warrants in the future.
Another article, posted on the official Occupy Wall Street website, speculates that the raid may have been designed to harass and intimidate rather than lead to prosecutions.
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.”
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 E4E site will update this with more as we receive it, including hopefully statement from those involved. http://www.everythingforeveryone.org/