Northwest FBI Raids Target Occupy's 'Black Bloc'
The FBI has performed multiple raidsof homes belonging to suspected anarchists in Portland, Oregon and in Olympia and Seattle, Washington. Five grand jury subpoenas have been issued in connection with the searches. Photos from a raid carried out in Portland show law enforcement seizing computers and boxes from a home. The raids appear to be part of an investigation into activities by the Occupy movement's "black bloc."Occupy had big plans for the spring. Having mostly been rousted out of public parks by police last winter, the movement promised a big return on May 1st this year. But that promise quickly fizzled, in part because marches in several cities turned violent and further turned off local residents.
One of the places where May Day protests got out of hand was Seattle, where eight were arrested following a day of vandalism and confrontations with police. One witness described seeing anarchists at a Wells Fargo bank branch "throwing short-handled sledgehammers through the broken windows at the tellers."