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May Day protests turn violent in Seattle

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Police tape off a Wells Fargo Bank in Seattle Tuesday, May 1, after protesters broke the bank's windows during a May Day march.

Update 3:48 ET, Seattle: Windows were broken and police arrested a handful of protesters as about 100 marched in downtown, NBC station KING reported. Many were dressed in dark clothes, wearing face makeup and carrying sticks, live TV video showed.

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Shattered window glass from a Wells Fargo Bank in Seattle Tuesday, May 1, 2012, after protesters broke the bank's windows during a May Day march after some in the crowd turned violent.

Earlier: As news of May Day protests and gatherings were reported around the world and on the East Coast, msnbc.com's Jim Seida encountered the start of one of the west coast protests around noon PT at Westlake Center in downtown Seattle.

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As you might expect in Seattle, for some it started with caffeine. Above, Rain City Superheroes Midnight Jack, left, El Caballero, center, and Phoenix Jones relax at a Starbucks at the intersection of Pine and 4th Ave., Tuesday, May 1. Each "superhero" carries a digital camera to record the events they witness.  "We're here to document if the police get out of control and to stop the people if they get out of control," Jones says.

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First Lieutenant Gonzo, above, a member of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army, or CIRCA, says he prefers to mock police rather than yell at them.  Gonzo, from Seattle, photographed at Westlake Park, Seattle, Tuesday.  "It's really kind of hard to pin down just one reason why I'm here today," says Gonzo, "Basically I'm just here to support free thought, free creativity, and just to bring a little humor to the situation."

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Hundreds of people gather in Seattle's Westlake Park to celebrate and protest on Tuesday, May 1.

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Workers and activists rally on May Day around the world.

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