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The Seattle Times reports this morning that was originally intended to be a “modest” labor rally outside a Safeway store near the state capitol building turned nasty yesterday when one protestor got arrested for obstruction.

The rally was intended to signal rank-and-file support for the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), which is currently negotiating a new contract with the area’s four largest supermarket chains.

Tensions escalated, the paper reports, “when the rally's concluding speaker, Robby Stern of the Washington State Labor Council, was handcuffed and taken away by police after leading the crowd in songs.

“Minutes earlier, police officers had directed organizers to move the rally to a park across the street, citing concerns that the sidewalk had become too crowded. Speakers had asked the crowd to keep an open path, but some pedestrians opted to walk on the street instead.”
KC's View:
Probably not too big a deal, but we suspect that this does reflect the abiding antipathy that exists between the UFCW and Safeway.