However, that same SLOG piece reports that the Seattle Police Department are telling protesters they can’t stand under awnings, use tarps nor sit down under an umbrellas (“you can’t have an umbrella open unless you’re standing and holding it,” one policeman is quoted as saying).
In other words, the mayor and the police department are attempting to break up the protesters by making itreally inconvenient for them. It’s a strategy, can’t argue with that, even if it is exceedingly pedestrian and petty.
We’re sure these moves are endearing him to somebody (or at least he seems to think so), but we are having a hard time imagining who they would be.
Most likely vague racists and fraidy-cats in the richest neighborhoods and farthest-flung suburbs, who like to talk about how they go into downtown “all the time” by which they mean a play and dinner once a year, after which they spend two weeks bitching about how a young/black/Hispanic/pink-haired person lookedright at them with their eyeballs.
That’s usually what makes up the crowd of voters who delight the most in pissing off liberals.