“Seattle Nice” dictates that even if people from Seattle don’t like someone

“Seattle Nice” dictates that even if people from Seattle don’t like someone or something, they’ll still be pleasant and polite enough that you might not know it.For an example of this, one need only look at how Occupy Seattle protestors fared, compared recently with other cities’ demonstrators, in terms of their relationship with authorities.First, let’s look at some recent happenings from Occupy movements around the country.Perhaps the most high-profile incident thus far happened Oct. 25 at Occupy Oakland, when police fired tear gas at marching protestors, striking Iraq war veteran Scott Olsen in the head with a canister, fracturing his skull and putting him in the hospital in critical condition. Olsen recently regained consciousness and underwent brain surgery. In Denver this weekend, police shot protestors with a hail of rubber bullets, pepper spray, and even the horrible-sounding “pepper bullets,” injuring several and then arresting dozens more. The fight was apparently over whether the protestors could demonstrate inside the Capitol. Police said “no” and emphasized the point with weapons. Occupy Austin saw even more people arrested this weekend then Denver did, though minimal violence occurred. Some 44 protestors were apparently arrested and charged after police moved in to take down “food tables” that were deemed illegal.And in Portland it was a similar tale when police arrested more than two dozen protestors when they refused to leave Jamison Square by midnight. The police also “used night sticks and horses” to goad those that weren’t arrested out of the park.Now cut to Seattle, and the main development from the weekend centers around a seemingly hostile host changing its tune to allow for the needs of the protestors.Just last week Seattle Central Community College had warned Occupy Seattle protestors not to come camp on the school’s campus because it would interfere with school activities. But when the protestors said they would come and camp at the school anyway, college administrators changed their tune and grudgingly invited them with open arms.The only hardship that the Occupy protestors suffered this weekend in Seattle was probably by those that didn’t get the rain flaps on their tents up quickly enough. Follow The Daily Weekly on Facebook and Twitter.


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