Seattle businesses recovering after May Day violenceon May 2, 2012 @ 9:09 am (Updated: 10:59 am - 5/2/12 )
Black-clad protesters used sticks and bats to smash stores and automobile windows during the demonstrations.
"I looked down that block and it's very discouraging to see all that plywood up on windows."
The head of Seattle's downtown business organization is discouraged by the May Day rioting, but she credits police for preventing further damage to storefronts.
"Nothing happened the rest of the day. The rest of the day was peaceful, the protest went on as planned, the police obviously adjusted and were able to do a good job," said Kate Joncas, President of the Downtown Seattle Association.
She said businesses were warned and prepared, thanks to lessons learned from the WTO riots of 1999. Many businesses quickly locked up and put up their plywood to avoid damage.
As for the future, Joncas doesn't believe Tuesday's violence will deter tourism even though it is frustrating for businesses owners trying to recoup.
She said their safety ambassadors were out in the evening talking to businesses and shoppers and early Wednesday morning making sure the sidewalks were clear of broken glass.
Damage done during the first demonstration prompted Mayor Mike McGinn to issue a special order allowing police to confiscate makeshift weapons. By Tuesday night, police had seized about 70 such items, including one with at least a dozen cigarette lighters taped together.
Meanwhile, police say vandals threw rocks through windows at the mayor's home Tuesday evening.
McGinn's spokesman Aaron Pickus confirmed Wednesday that the rocks sailed through his dining room and living room windows around midnight. McGinn and his wife were home but were not injured.
According to a police report, one of the suspects waved at the mayor's wife after she peered out the window.
The mayor plans to hold a news conference at noon on Wednesday to address the protests.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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