SEATTLE – Vandalism at a Capitol Hill neighborhood bank Thursday night is the work of an anarchist group, police say.
Witnesses called police at about 8:40 p.m. to report as many as six people were using hammers to smash the windows of the Chase Bank branch at Broadway and Thomas. The witnesses described the vandals as being dressed in black clothing with hoods and masks.
When police arrived at the scene, they saw eight exterior windows had been smashed. The vandals also left paper fliers at the scene before fleeing.
According to the Puget Sounds Anarchists:
Today at around 9PM we attacked the Chase Bank on Broadway in Capitol Hill. About a dozen windows were broken. It’s important to note that this was done at time when Broadway is very busy with pedestrian and car traffic. One group of onlookers was heard saying “It’s not a big deal, they’re not hurting anyone” as people stood by watching, no one was seen calling the police and no one was chased. Fliers were thrown in front of the bank stating solidarity with the Chilean anarchists on their 60th day of hunger strike* as well as the non-cooperating Green Scare defendants serving time in prisons across the US. A short analysis of why one might attack a bank was included as well. No one was arrested.
This action was taken because banks are a clear symbol of the misery and slavery that we experience under capitalism. We chose to use solidarity as a weapon in our struggle against power because our passion for freedom knows no borders or prison walls.