UPDATED 9:40 AM PT — Saturday, June 13, 2020
Authorities in Washington state are reportedly set to take a stand against thousands of armed protesters, who have turned six blocks of Seattle’s Capitol Hill into an “autonomous zone.” On Friday, officials told reporters there are plans to take back “CHAZ,” an area formerly known as “12th and Pine.”
A group of officers was reportedly allowed back to the area earlier this week to “assess” the East Precinct building, which sits at the very center of the unrest.
WATCH: Seattle PD Chief re-enters abandoned precinct within Autonomous Zone pic.twitter.com/MRL2j1OV2c
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) June 11, 2020
This came shortly after President Trump threatened to take matters into his own hands. In a tweet to local government officials, including Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, the president said “take back your city now.”
Radical Left Governor @JayInslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before. Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stopped IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2020
Following the establishment of “CHAZ,” Seattle collapsed into anarchy. Chief of Police Carmen Best recently admitted officers have been unable to respond to reports of rapes and robbery in the so-called Capitol Hill “autonomous zone.”
According to her, they’re getting calls about all kinds of “violent” acts. With their East Precinct occupied by anarchist mobs, response times to emergency calls have more than tripled.
The chief added many members of the newly annexed zone are members of “marginalized communities,” who must now wait longer for help to arrive if there’s a violent crime in progress.
“I asked you to stand on that line, day in and day out. To be pelted with projectiles, to be screamed at, threatened and in some cases hurt. Then to have a change of course nearly two weeks in. It seems like an insult to you and our community. Ultimately, the city had other plans for the building.” – Carmen Best, Seattle Chief of Police
There have also been reports of roaming bands of armed thugs, who are demanding extortion money from businesses in the area to remain in operation. They’re calling it “protection money.”
As one of their first acts after annexing the new territory, the anarchists established a perimeter around the buildings and fortified it with barriers and armed guards. Those guards have been carefully checking the identities of everyone entering and leaving the area.
There have also been reports of “warlords” patrolling the zone and gangs of thugs enforcing the law by attacking anyone who doesn’t comply.
— concerned (@concerned736) June 11, 2020
Yet, Mayor Durkan has taken the side of these violent insurrectionists, suggesting they could usher in a new “summer of love” across the city. Despite the area’s clearly visible armed guards, she claimed that no one was armed and dismissed the entire thing as more of a “block party.”
“It’s more like a block party atmosphere, it’s not an armed takeover,” she said. “There is no threat, right now, to the public.”
She added these militants aren’t “terrorists” and called them “patriots” instead.
Seattle is fine. Don’t be so afraid of democracy. https://t.co/o26PkJnYhA
— Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) June 12, 2020