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Protesters break windows on downtown businesses including American Apparel and NikeTown during a May Day rally on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in downtown Seattle. About two dozen of the hundreds of protesters that participated in the march shattered windows and caused mayhem in Seattle. (AP Photo/Seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)

A protester smashes a window at a Wells Fargo branch during a May Day rally on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in downtown Seattle. Mayor Mike McGinn says he’s making an emergency declaration allowing police to confiscate items that can be used as weapons following violent May Day protests that left storefronts and car windows shattered. (AP Photo/Seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)

Pedestrians photograph a shattered window at am American Apparel store, Tuesday, May 1, 2012, after after it was damaged during May Day protests in downtown Seattle. Hundreds of activists across the U.S. joined the worldwide May Day protests on Tuesday, with Occupy Wall Street members in several cities leading demonstrations and in some cases clashing with police. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE – Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says he’s making an emergency declaration allowing police to confiscate items that can be used as weapons following violent May Day protests that left storefronts and car windows shattered.

Police said officers made at least three arrests after hundreds of people marched through downtown Tuesday afternoon. A 23-year-old man was arrested for vandalism and a 19-year-old man with a knife was also arrested.

Protestors dressed in black clothing smashed windows of retail stores and banks, and spray-painted parked cars, reported Q13 FOX News. NikeTown, American Apparel, HSBC, and Wells Fargo were among the businesses protesters vandalized.

Protesters break windows at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Seattle during a May Day rally on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says he’s making an emergency declaration allowing police to confiscate items that can be used as weapons following violent May Day protests that left storefronts and car windows shattered. (AP Photo/Seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)

McGinn said protesters were using items that looked like flagpoles as weapons. He said his order would enable police to take those items away from people before they are used to cause damage. McGinn said his action would help protect public safety as protests continued into Tuesday evening.

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Police arrested eight demonstrators throughout the day.

“Officers have seized homemade incendiary devices and bags of feces in downtown Seattle and made several arrests, after a group of men and women dressed all in black — known as a ‘Black Bloc’ — used sticks, smoke bombs and improvised incendiary devices, rocks, paint, hammers, and tire irons to damage vehicles and businesses Tuesday afternoon,” the Seattle Police Department said in a statement.

Windows were broken at four banks — HSBC, Wells Fargo, US Bank, Home Street Bank — and at a few retail stores, including Niketown and American Apparel. A window was also broken at a federal courthouse. And multiple parked cars were spray-painted or had their tires slashed.

Wells Fargo Bank issued the following statement: “We’re a bank. We accept deposits and make loans. It’s unfortunate that groups that are passionate about certain causes are making us out to be something we’re not in order to further a political or social agenda. The fact remains Wells Fargo plays no role in advocating a policy view on immigration or on the operation of private prisons.”

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