May Day isn’t just a holiday with pagan roots. It’s also International Worker’s Day, celebrated by socialists and communists around the world. And over the weekend, in Arizona, May Day protesters (sparked by the state’s new immigration legislation) turned to violence and vandalism.
From the Mercury News:
A group of protesters demonstrating at a May Day rally for worker’s and immigrant rights downtown broke off into a riot vandalizing about a dozen businesses around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.
Windows were left shattered and graffiti including anarchy signs were tagged onto buildings. The Rittenhouse Building, Urban Outfitters, Jamba Juice and Velvet Underground all had windows broken, according to Capt. Steve Clark.
Santa Cruz police asked for help from all agencies in the county to break up the riot of about 200 people. At one point, protesters lit a fire on the porch of Caffe Pergolesi and blocked access to firefighters, officers said. Police were able to clear out the demonstrators before more damage was caused.
A large rock sat outside Verizon Wireless on the 100 block of Cooper Street, where vandals tried to break the window twice, according to Clark.
“The damage that was caused was without purpose,” Clark said. “It was senseless violence that victimized a community who cannot afford to be victimized in this manner. This did nothing to add credit to whatever they believed their cause was.”
One person was arrested for damaging a window. Police are searching for others responsible for the damage. Protesters cleared the downtown area around midnight.
There was more violence and crime committed at this one protest than every single tea party across the nation. But somehow, I don’ think MSNBC is going to take notice. I don’t think Janet Napolitano is going to issue warnings. I don’t think Bill Clinton is going to start making allusions to Timothy McVeigh.
Aren’t double standards lovely?