US Seattle Protesters Set Up Barricades, Prepare to Defend CHOP From Police

15:26  23 june  2020
15:26  23 june  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

Trump Says He’s Planning Crackdown on Seattle Protesters

  Trump Says He’s Planning Crackdown on Seattle Protesters President Donald Trump threatened to crack down on Seattle anti-police brutality protesters who’ve taken over several blocks of the city unless municipal and state leaders move to reclaim control of the streets. © ASSOCIATED PRESS Visitors walk near a sign that reads "Welcome to CHOP," Sunday, June 14, 2020, inside what has been named the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone in Seattle. Protesters calling for police reform and other demands have taken over several blocks near downtown Seattle after officers withdrew from a police station in the area following violent confrontations.

The protesters appear to be focusing their efforts on defending a smaller area around the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct, which they took over after law Makeshift barricade set up now between 11th and 12th by the SPD East Precinct, basically further reducing the size of the # CHOP .

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Protesters in Seattle's Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) zone are preparing to defend the area from police after the city's mayor announced plans to dismantle it in the wake of back-to-back shootings.

a sign on the side of the street: Barricades erected by the city several days ago divide up the CHOP zone on June 19, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. © Karen Ducey/Getty Images Barricades erected by the city several days ago divide up the CHOP zone on June 19, 2020 in Seattle, Washington.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a news conference on Monday that the city is working with the community to bring the occupation by protesters of several blocks in the Capitol Hill neighborhood to an end.

She said police would soon move back into a precinct building that had been abandoned and taken over by protesters who formed the police-free zone, originally dubbed the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), earlier this month.

1 dead, 1 injured after shooting in Seattle autonomous zone

  1 dead, 1 injured after shooting in Seattle autonomous zone A shooting in the autonomous zone in Seattle left one dead, one injured.The shooting occurred early Saturday, around 2:30 a.m. local time, inside the zone, which is also referred to as CHOP, according to a statement from the Seattle Police Department.

After police in Seattle , Washington retreated from the Capitol Hill neighborhood, protesters took over the abandoned ‘regime’ precinct and erected barricades Activists maneuver a barricade outside the Seattle Police Department's abandoned East Precinct in the 'Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone', Seattle

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Durkan didn't provide a timeline for clearing out the area, but said "additional steps" would be looked at if protesters do not leave voluntarily.

Shortly after the announcement, videos and images posted on social media suggested protesters had no plans to voluntarily surrender the area back to authorities.

Pictures posted by one Twitter user showed barricades that have been put up around the East Precinct building. "People are waiting for cops to show up," the user noted.

"We're not leaving until our demands are met," a sign posted outside the precinct building says. The three demands listed on the banner are: defund the Seattle Police Department by 50 percent, fund Black communities and free all protesters.

Another shooting in Seattle protest zone leaves 1 wounded

  Another shooting in Seattle protest zone leaves 1 wounded SEATTLE (AP) — One person was wounded in what was the second shooting in Seattle's protest zone in less than 48 hours, police said. The shooting happened late Sunday night in the area near Seattle's downtown that is known as CHOP, for “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest,” police tweeted, adding that one person was at a hospital with a gunshot wound. The person arrived in a private vehicle and was in serious condition, Harborview Medical Center spokesperson Susan Gregg said in a statement.The zone evolved after weeks of protests in the city over police brutality and racism, sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis.

Activists set up " CHOP " in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood about two weeks ago, barricading off the area Volunteer medics inside the zone brought the victims of Saturday's shooting to the hospital rather than wait for the police and fire departments, who were preparing to respond before entering.

Orange and white barricades -- originally erected by police Protesters were seen overturning trash bins and dragging a chain-link fence across a road to erect The efforts by protesters were similar to those in Seattle who carved out the "Capitol Hill Organized Protest ," or " CHOP ," in the city's Capitol

Journalist Jake Goldstein-Street tweeted several videos on Monday evening, showing protesters preparing in case police arrived to clear out protesters that night.

One video shows protesters moving fencing and barricades in the zone in a bid to block police from entering the East Precinct station.

In another tweet, Goldstein-Street shared a video showing protesters outside the precinct practicing a human chain which he said was "to protect the building from police."

Trump vows no ‘Autonomous Zone’ in DC, after protesters cleared

  Trump vows no ‘Autonomous Zone’ in DC, after protesters cleared President Trump vowed Tuesday that what happened in Seattle will not take place in the nation's capital, and that no such "autonomous" zone" will be established in D.C. after protesters who attempted to set up such a space were cleared out the night before. © Andrew Harnik The White House is visible behind a statue of President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park on June 23, 2020. Protesters had defaced and attempted to tear down the statue. Demonstrators on Monday had blocked off an area that they called the "Black House Autonomous Zone," or "BHAZ.

Earlier, protesters in Seattle declared the “autonomous zone” in the central part of the city, and police officers were ordered to leave the area to reduce On Saturday, firing occurred on the territory controlled by the protesters . According to a Seattle police statement, the police arrived in the area

Police investigating reported shooting inside CHOP zone. One person at HMC with gun shot wound. Hearing reports of a second shooting, but have I feel its important to keep the orig video up because I've seen news and other channels actually editing elements into my footage in other CHOP videos.

Ash Shah shared a video showing protesters were moving concrete barricades placed around the CHOP by the Seattle Department of Transportation using cars.

Durkan on Monday said the violence in the police-free zone was undermining the changes sought by protesters.

A shooting on Sunday night was the second in the area in less than 48 hours. A 17-year-old sustained a gunshot wound to the arm near Cal Anderson Park, Seattle police said, but he declined to speak with detectives.

Early on Saturday, a 19-year-old—identified by friends as Lorenzo Anderson, according to WFSA—was killed and another man was left critically injured in a shooting. Both were taken to hospital in private vehicles, with police saying they had been met with a "violent crowd" that stopped them getting to the victims.

Durkan said that peaceful protests could continue, but the nighttime violence had to end.

"The cumulative impacts of the gatherings and protests and the nighttime atmosphere and violence has led to increasingly difficult circumstances for our businesses and residents," she said.

CHOP: Leader of Seattle's 'autonomous zone' says many protesters are leaving

  CHOP: Leader of Seattle's 'autonomous zone' says many protesters are leaving The de facto leader of the autonomous protest zone in Seattle, known as CHAZ and CHOP, said Wednesday "a lot of people have already" left the area, days after the city's mayor said she was going to persuade people to leave. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); A statement from a Twitter account that claims to be associated with the protest zone -- known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), or Capitol Hill Organized Protest -- said that "few people remain in our beloved CHOP.

Protesters in Seattle took over City Hall for about an hour Tuesday night and demanded the resignation of the city’s mayor, Jenny Durkan, hours After occupying City Hall for about an hour, the protesters retreated to the self-declared “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone”—an area outside the police

Police officers used flash grenades to disperse a crowd so the president could visit for a photo opportunity. And in New York, protesters and looters But, he said, “If a city or state refuses to take the actions necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United

"Most of them supported protesters' right to gather at the outset. They stand with them in solidarity, but the impacts have increased and the safety has decreased."

Durkan noted that organizers in the protest zone had themselves "concluded that they should not gather overnight" after the weekend shootings.

The mayor stressed that efforts to dismantle the area would be led by community organizers rather than police.

She added: "In recent days, we have deployed community resources to both de-escalate the area and to move people to services. We will continue to working with and deploying these community organizations to change the circumstances on Capitol Hill."

Durkan also promised to address some of the protesters' demands, including investing more in Black communities, "rethinking and reimagining" policing and statewide reforms of police unions.

Protesters cordoned off an area spanning several blocks near Seattle police's East Precinct after riot police fired tear gas, pepper spray and flash-bangs on large crowds of mostly peaceful demonstrators on June 8.

Protests against police brutality and racism have taken place in Seattle and around the country since the death of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis police custody last month.

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McEnany: 'Seattle has been liberated from the anarchists' .
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, in a Wednesday press briefing, celebrated Seattle’s dismantling of the Capital Hill Organized Protest (CHOP), saying the city has been “liberated from the anarchists.” © Provided by FOX News White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany addresses shutdown of autonomous zone in Seattle. “We are pleased to report law and order has prevailed and Seattle has been liberated from the anarchists,” McEnany said, calling CHOP, a zone declared “police free” by protesters, a “failed four-week Democrat experiment.

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