SEATTLE -- One day after Seattle's May Day demonstrations turned violent, the city will focus on cleaning up and welcoming visitors back into downtown Wednesday.
SeattlePolice report there were no arrests related to May Day overnight. A total of 8 protesters were arrested during the course of Tuesday's protests.
Property damage and vandalism done by dark-clad protesters, many belonging to the group calling themselves the Black Bloc, stretches from 4th Avenue and Olive Way to 3rd and Marion. Cars were vandalized and business windows were shattered.
Downtown businesses will turn their attention to cleaning up destroyed property. Niketown, which became one of the first targets of the violent mob, will be closed Wednesday.
Big praise to the businesses, they were prepared, said president and CEO of Seattle's Downtown Business Association, Kate Joncas. We saw them shutting their doors and shutting their windows when the violence started happening.
However, Joncas said more could have been done to protect downtown property.
We had plenty of warning, and I was hoping we would have been better prepared. We really want to work with the Mayor and the council to make sure that this doesn't happen again, she said.
Officers seized more than 70 objects from the violent protesters. Some Items now in police possession include lighters, hammers, pry bars, metal barriers, sticks, paint and rocks. Because of an executive order from Mayor Mike McGinn, police were able to seize any item which could be used as a weapon.
The mounds of evidence and surveillance collected will begin to be reviewed by Seattle Police. SPD said they intend to prosecute any protesters caught in the act of causing damage to the fullest extent of the law.
It's unfortunate that you get a very few people that want to cause damage and violence, Seattle Police Chief John Diaz said. And we're going to be spending a lot of time and effort to bring those people to justice.
The city deactivated its EmergencyOperations Center at 8:00 p.m. last night.
Organizers for Occupy Seattle came out Wednesday condemning the violence, saying their group had nothing to do with the mayhem in downtown.
I was shocked to see the amount of damage at the end of the day, said Mark Taylor-Canfield with Occupy Seattle. We were concentrating on Westlake Center and keeping that a safe place.
Organizers of the traditional El Comite May Day demonstration estimated 4,500 protesters joined their march that wound peacefully through Seattle Tuesday evening.
The first day of May is a traditional day for laborers and social groups to gather to gain support and express their ideals.
Seattle Police said people or businesses who had their property vandalized should call the SPD non-emergency line at 206 625-5011.
Earlier this week, anarchist signs and websites were found advocating Seattle's protesters to strike back or shut down the city.