US Protesters Won't Leave CHOP in Seattle as Tensions Rise

17:05  27 june  2020
17:05  27 june  2020 Source:   online.wsj.com

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.

Crews from the Department of Transportation pulled back when police say they were confronted by armed protesters ; Claudia Cowan reports.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Many protesters have left the Capital Hill Organised Protest ( CHOP ) in the US city of Seattle SEATTLE - Stuck precariously in the middle of the conflict between Seattle police and protesters Business owners in Seattle are fleeing the city after weeks of protests , rising crime

a man doing a stunt on a city street © stephen brashear/Shutterstock

Several hundred demonstrators are staying in an autonomous area claimed by protesters for racial justice in Seattle, even as its size is shrinking and pressure to shut it down completely is increasing from local businesses and residents, as well as city officials.

The Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone, or CHOP, began on June 8 after thousands of protesters moved into a six-block area in the artsy neighborhood. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan ordered police to abandon the local East Precinct police station to help end violent confrontations there following the killing of the African-American George Floyd by a white Minneapolis policeman on May 25.

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.

SEATTLE -- Could a weeks-long protest to occupy part of a Capitol Hill neighborhood that became MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Many protesters have left the Capital Hill Organised Protest ( CHOP ) in the US city of Seattle Business owners in Seattle are fleeing the city after weeks of protests , rising crime

A protester stands outside the governor's office in New York on June 25 as protests continue around the country to mark the one-month anniversary of George Floyd's death, which gave rise to a national movement calling for police reforms.

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The CHOP was initially akin to a community festival focused on antiracism and police reform, with few problems or complaints from local residents. But last weekend there were three shootings in the area, one of which left a man dead, according to Ms. Durkan.

Police attempting to respond to the fatal incident in the predawn hours Saturday were blocked by a crowd telling them to leave, according to body camera footage released by the department. The 19-year-old victim, shot by an unknown assailant inside the occupied zone, was taken by private citizens to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Seattle CHOP barriers being cleared by city crews, cops at scene

  Seattle CHOP barriers being cleared by city crews, cops at scene Seattle Department of Transportation crews on Tuesday began removing concrete barriers marking the entrance to the area protesters are calling the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or CHOP, according to local news reports.A crew used heavy machinery to remove the concrete barriers at 10th and East Pine Street. Seattle Police officers were also at the scene to assist crews in case protesters intervened.

As Seattle ends its CHOP zone, protesters in Washington, D.C., tried to take down the Andrew Jackson statue. And after two shootings in Seattle this weekend that left one dead and another person injured, Mayor Jenny Durkan said Monday that the city is working to wind down the Capitol Hill

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 a Black Lives Matter group sued the Seattle Police Department, alleging that the city has violated the constitutional rights of demonstrators by

“It’s time for people to go home,” Ms. Durkan said in a press conference Monday. “We can still accommodate people who want to protest peacefully, come there and gather. But the impacts on the businesses and residents and community are now too much.”

On Friday morning, city crews arrived to remove some road barriers in the occupation zone and begin cleaning up a city park there, but were met with “significant resistance by protesters, who grew increasingly agitated and aggressive,” a spokesman for the mayor said. The crews later retreated.

Many people who lived in the CHOP have left, but an estimated few hundred protesters remain encamped in an area that has been shrunk down to three blocks following a city request. On Wednesday night, some were barbecuing on the street behind signs that said they wouldn’t leave until three demands are met: a defunding of the Seattle police, more investment in community programs for black residents and the release of all prisoners jailed in the recent Black Lives Matter protests.

CHOP protesters eyeing area near precinct, refocusing away from park: report

  CHOP protesters eyeing area near precinct, refocusing away from park: report Organizers of Seattle's Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) are attempting to refocus their efforts towards a street outside the East Precinct and away from the tent encampment at Cal Anderson Park, according to a report on Sunday. © Provided by FOX News Jason Rantz, radio show host in Seattle, provides updates on the barriers surrounding ‘CHOP’ on ‘Fox and Friends Weekend.’ The switch in focus comes after some believe the park encampment is becoming difficult to manage and was potentially impacting their efforts in convincing the city to make changes in police reform.

However, Seattle police have apparently had second thoughts about abandoning their precinct and want to return, Assistant Police Chief Deanna Nollette said, during a news conference on Wednesday. The situation drew the ire of President Donald Trump, who ordered Washington Governor Jay Inslee

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Many protesters have left the Capital Hill Organised Protest ( CHOP ) in the US city of Seattle , one of the protest leaders, hip-hop artist Raz Simone, told the CNN broadcaster.

Ms. Durkan’s revised budget proposal introduced Tuesday calls for a $20 million, or 5%, reduction in the Seattle police budget, far below the $200 million protesters want.

Many businesses were just reopening from the coronavirus pandemic when the occupation began, depriving them of customers yet again. “All these shops by the grace of God were able to survive, and then CHOP arrived,” said Brad Augustine, managing member of Madrona Real Estate Services LLC, which manages several properties in the occupied zone. “We need our mayor and police chief to be united and get this thing resolved.”

A class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of local businesses and residents on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle, seeking unspecified damages from the city for allowing the occupation to happen.

Among the problems cited in the 56-page complaint: armed protesters barring vehicular access to homes and businesses, the blocking of police from responding to calls, including the fatal shooting, and pervasive graffiti.

Some CHOP participants said the area already had a crime problem and that other concerns should take precedence. “If they are upset about graffiti and violence, I can only imagine how upset they are about the police killing of black people,” said Marshall Hugh, whose band has supported the protesters with performances in the CHOP.

Neither Mayor Durkan nor police commanders responded to requests for comment.

Protesters aren’t all on the same page, adding to the complexity of ending the occupation. One community organizer, who asked not to be identified, said she had hoped the protesters would sit down with the mayor and negotiate a compromise. She expressed sympathy for the businesses. “I am not an advocate of anyone taking over anyone else’s property,” she said.

But other organizers say they aren’t interested in any meetings. “Let it be clear: We will not be bought off,” Naudia “Nas” Miller, representative of a group called the Black Collective Voice, said in a statement. “We are here to dismantle systemic racism.”

Write to Jim Carlton at jim.carlton@wsj.com

Secret Service tells press to leave White House grounds in highly unusual move .
The US Secret Service on Monday evening told members of the White House press corps to immediately leave the White House grounds, a highly unusual decision that did not immediately come with an explanation. The decision came during an ongoing demonstration in Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House where protesters were trying to bring down a statue of former President Andrew Jackson that stands in the middle of the park. Those protesters were eventually pushed back out of the park by police.Protesters spray painted "BHAZ" on the pillars of St.

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