At America's May Day Rallies: Injured Cops, Inflatable Trump

9 arrested, 5 officers hurt in Seattle
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2016 12:20 AM CDT
LA May Day Rally Targets Trump 'Hate Speech'
Seattle police throw blast balls into the crowd of protesters to disperse them.   (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times via AP)

May Day rallies across America on Sunday called for rights for workers and immigrants—and in Los Angeles, the protests had a very strong anti-Donald Trump message. Protesters at one LA rally marched under a giant inflatable Trump carrying a Ku Klux Klan hood, and at least one Trump pinata was also spotted, the Los Angeles Times reports. "Trump represents the worst of America. From racists, to haters, to ones that just want to become problems for no reason," one demonstrator told CBS News. Another described the rally as a way to counter the Republican candidate's "hate speech."

The LAPD said no arrests were made at what turned out to be "a peaceful First Amendment exercise, with no incidents." It was a different story in Seattle, where cops used rubber bullets and pepper spray on anti-capitalist demonstrators who they say pelted them with rocks, bricks, and Molotov cocktails, the AP reports. Nine protesters were arrested after the clash, which followed a peaceful march through the city. Five police officers were injured, including one scorched by a Molotov cocktail and another who was bitten, though none of the injuries were serious, police say. (On Friday, Bay Area protesters forced Trump out of his motorcade.)

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