WTO protests in Seattle

I have to say that I'm in absolute shock about what's going on in Seattle. While for the most part I'm in favor of the WTO, the fury of the protests and the wrath of the police seems incomprehensible. Can you imagine your neighborhood over-run by police in riot gear? And getting sprayed with pepper gas in front of your home? A "demonstration-free zone" has been declared in dowtown Seattle, and gas masks have been outlawed for anyone but police and the National Guard. Both sides, it seems, have forgotten the peaceably part in the right of the people peaceably to assemble. It's hard to believe this is America.