Seattle: Turritopsis art student charged with malicious mischief @ NYE anti-gentrification action

A heartfelt & incendiary embrace goes out to the Seattle comrade arrested this New Year’s Eve for allegedly breaking windows and smashing property at a hi-rise apartment/condo construction site on Capitol Hill, Seattle.

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From CHS Capitol Hill Seattle Blog. Jan 3.

Man arrested at construction site is Capitol Hill art student

The man arrested early New Year’s Day after allegedly breaking into a construction site at 15th and Pine and shattering windows on machinery at the site is a Capitol Hill art student, CHS has learned.

We’re not naming the artist who has yet to be charged but we now have more details on the 23-year-old who police say climbed over the chain-link fence and smashed out the cab windows on backhoes at the construction site for the Cameo apartments around 5a on January 1st.

There have been no statements yet from Seattle groups claiming responsibility for Sunday morning’s actions.

“I, and I trust others as well, wish to witness this world’s end,” the arrested man wrote in a recent Facebook update the week before his arrest. “And with that end, something new and exponentially more human to manifest. We can construct the most beautiful creature with the bones of a monster if only we can bring the beast to its death. There will be no need for tombstones, only for gardens.”

We don’t know if the man is associated with the artists who say they were illegally removed from a Central District house by police in a pre-Christmas raid. Meanwhile, 23rd and Alder’s Turritopsis Nutricula anarchist squat has been ordered cleared by January 7th.

At one point intended to be a second condo project to accompany its twin Braeburn building across the street, the 15th at Pine Cameo project fell into limbo during the recent economic slowdown only to be revived as apartments earlier this year. Plans call for a six-story, 56-unit building with two live-work units and 2,100 square feet of retail at ground level and parking for 61 vehicles located within the structure.

In October, CHS reported that the Cameo was one of three multi-story developments planned within four blocks of E Pine. We have no information indicating the development will benefit from the affordable housing tax credits targeted by protesters in the 10th/Union takeover in early December.

The 23-year-old has no significant arrests on his publicly available record. According to photos posted of the event, he was a participant in the recent Money Shouldn’t Talk protest in downtown Seattle prior to Christmas.

Police say vehicles in the January 1st incident suffered about $1,000 in damage.

Prosecutors will be weighing charges of burglary and malicious mischief against the 23-year-old this week. In the meantime, he was conditionally released from King County Jail on Sunday night.

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I, and I trust others as well, wish to witness this world’s end,” the arrested man wrote in a recent Facebook update the week before his arrest. “And with that end, something new and exponentially more human to manifest. We can construct the most beautiful creature with the bones of a monster if only we can bring the beast to its death. There will be no need for tombstones, only for gardens.

– Seattle art student

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