Reported yesterday on KING 5 TV.
SEATTLE - Seattle police are warning businesses on Seattle's Capitol Hill about the possibility of vandalism happening on Saturday, April 20.
On that day a faculty teach-in and student rally and protest march are scheduled at Seattle Central Community College. Seattle Police warn that a radical group is going to make trouble, and that's why police will be restricting parking around the college and asking businesses to close for the day. KING 5 News- The posters have been up for weeks. The Seattle Central Campus is known for its liberal political thought and action, but police are worried about what's coming. The posters have been up for weeks which reading "April 20 - a faculty-teach-in, a reclaim the streets party with live music, a protest and march." The actions are in conjunction with meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary fund in Washington, D.C. Police said a Portland group called "Reclaim the Streets" and "ACC" may cause property damage. The group's web site links them to anarchists. "I'm not concerned that the rally participants are going to start trouble," said Karen Strickland. Strickland heads the faculty union and was hoping to take part in the activities. She said her biggest concern, based on what she saw during the WTO protests, is the police. "Given the history of the police responses to public gatherings like this," said Strickland. "I'm somewhat concerned that they may react in a way that instigates or escalates the situation." Seattle police said they will restrict parking around the college and they will ask businesses to shut down on April 20. Seattle Central Community College will close its doors that day. "I don't want our students or faculty or guests to be exposed to any type of disruption," said Dr. Charles Mitchell, college president.
Mitchell said he will allow the teach-in and rally to happen on the campus grounds, but the building and the parking lot will be closed. Seattle police declined to speak on camera about their concerns over the upcoming activities on campus.