West Coast cities, which have been the scene of massive May Day protests in years past, are bracing for large demonstrations.
Occupy organizers in Los Angeles, where immigration-focused May Day rallies in past years have drawn tens of thousands, have promised to shut down the city. Occupy is planning bike caravans that will begin from four corners of the city and will converge on downtown Los Angeles around 4 p.m. PT. According to the city blog LAist, organizers describe the caravan as a "slow, city-paralyzing, carnival-esque descent into the center of the city." There is also an immigration march and various other labor protests throughout the city.
The Los Angeles Police Department declined to give deployment numbers when asked by TPM, but a spokesman for the department said the force is on "maximum deployment" for the day, meaning "pretty much anyone who can be is on duty today."
Seattle is prepping for traffic disruptions and officials are concerned about protests dissolving into violence. Law enforcement is taking extra precautions and Occupy Seattle will put "peacekeepers" in the crowds to work with police and try to stop any outbreaks that may occur, according to King 5.
In San Francisco, ferry workers have pledged to strike, which will prevent commuters from Marin County from entering the city for work. Occupy protesters intend to join the strikers, who have been working without a contract for almost a year over a health care coverage dispute.
In Cleveland, five alleged anarchists were arrested for allegedly plotting to blow up a bridge to commemorate the Occupy May Day protests. They were arrested Monday night after being identified by the FBI.