Many local activists were arrested on Wednesday while occupying a Chase Bank in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Many innocent protesters were pepper-sprayed and maced by police while attempting to peacefully demonstrate and passively resist being arrested by the officers.
The volatile Seattle action was partly directed at raising awareness about the corporate bank’s destructive business and environmental practices. Photographer Joshua Trujillo took these photos at the event:
In reference to the image below, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reported that:
“A man jumps onto the hood of a police cruiser as officers try to remove an arrested protester during an Occupy Seattle protest outside a Chase Bank branch on Broadway Avenue East and East Thomas Street on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. Protesters connected themselves together with pipes inside the branch. When they were removed from the bank, a mini-riot ensued as police worked to keep back protesters. JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon later spoke at an event in downtown Seattle.”
It is not surprising that the presence of JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon in town inspired such malevolent and vociferous animus. Dimon was scheduled to speak at an event at the Sheraton Hotel; in downtown Seattle the corporate bank’s CEO was also greeted by scores of angry protesters, who attempted to blockade the hotel, and held signs reading “Crook” and “Make Wall Street Pay“.
Bank Transfer Day
Please don’t forget that tomorrow, November 5th, is Bank Transfer Day. Now is the time to withdraw from your shitty corporate bank and invest in your own neighborhood. Move your money into an independent financial cooperative or local credit union today.
Photos are by Joshua Trujillo via Seattlepi.com