SEATTLE (Reuters) - Vandals smashed windows and spray painted anarchist symbols at nine Seattle Starbucks Corp. coffee shops on Wednesday, on the eve of marches to commemorate raucous anti-free trade protests a year ago.
During last year's marches against World Trade Organization meetings here, which were marred by over 600 arrests and widespread looting, vandals struck several downtown Seattle Starbucks stores.
``No one has claimed or disclaimed credit,'' said Dave Olsen, senior vice president for corporate social responsibility at the Seattle-based roaster, which has boosted its coffee buying from environmentally safer and labor-friendly farms.
``To the extent that someone is trying to make a point, we are a very well known, highly visible, successful company. It's fairly logical that someone who wanted to get himself in the news might look to us as an avenue to do that,'' Olsen said.