May Day protesters reach out to small businesses that were damaged

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on May 4, 2013 at 7:15 AM

Updated Saturday, May 4 at 7:15 AM

SEATTLE - Small businesses caught in the chaos of May Day are receiving some support from people involved in the protests.

Bill's Off Broadway had a window broken when the march escalated into violence and vandalism on Capitol Hill. A nearby bar and a Walgreens also had windows smashed.
 
Protestor Elaine Simons said she was shocked to see the damage.
 
"It hit us to the core," said Simons. "We were really upset to see a little business got hit when our message was really against banks and corportation, about unemployment and no health care."
 
Simons said a group will gather at Bill's Off Broadway on Wednesday to buy food and leave a good tip. She wants to show support for the workers caught in the middle on May Day.
 
A separate online campaign has been launched to help the businesses pay for damages. On the website, a letter said to be from Some Anarchists to the small businesses reads:
"We regret that Bill's Off Broadway and Sun Liquors, both small, local establishments were caught in the chaotic crossfire instead of NikeTown or another Walgreen's-esque giant."
 
Nathan Lessard is a bartender at Bill's Off Broadway who had to deal with the broken window on May Day.
 
"I think it is lame that you have to break stuff to prove your point, even if it is Walgreens, even if it is corporate," said Lessard.

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