May Day heats up
May 1 turned into the tale of two marches. In the early afternoon, hundreds gathered at Judkins Park in the Central District to march to Westlake Park downtown. Marchers, chanting slogans in English and Spanish, called for an end to deportations of undocumented workers as well as an increase in the minimum wage. As afternoon temperatures hit a record high of 85, another group of marchers gathered in Capitol Hill. Like the first group, this second troupe was heading to Westlake Park. But unlike their earlier compatriots, the second group didn’t have a permit to march. They marched downtown on Pike Street, above, while police cleared traffic. As the evening wore on, some marchers broke a Metro bus window, according to news reports. Two were arrested. Both marches honored May 1, International Workers’ Day, a day promoted by labor unions to celebrate workers.
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