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Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone
« on: June 16, 2020, 03:27:53 PM »
Here’s What The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone Protesters Are Demanding
Jack Brewster
Jun 13, 2020,02:25pm EDT

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackbrewster/2020/06/13/heres-what-the-capitol-hill-autonomous-zone-protesters-are-demanding/#195c817f36c5

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KEY FACTS

The self-declared autonomous zone was established by protesters who barricaded the area around a Seattle police precinct on June 8 and since then, demonstrators have offered movie screenings, poetry performances, free food, medical supplies, and more in a makeshift camping area.

Sections of the sidewalk have been partitioned for a “Conversation Café” where a sign invites people to “talk about antifascism” and a “No-cop Co-Op” where free food is handed out.

The reason the protesters are there is clear — Floyd’s death ignited a spark that led to unrest that played out in cities across the country — but the demands of the protests are not, evident by the divergent messaging coming from people within the zone.

One wall inside the zone lists three demands — defund the Police Department; fund community health; and drop all criminal charges against protesters, the New York Times reports — while another fence lists five.

On Medium, the “Free Capitol Hill” movement published a list of 30 demands in a post that includes the “de-gentrification of Seattle, starting with rent control” and the “abolition of imprisonment,” while the Seattle Times reports that some protesters simply want to turn the police precinct into a community center.

Local Black Lives Matter leaders have said they will vacate the area once their demands have been met and have called the occupation “temporary,” but for now, the protest zone has won the tacit approval of the city’s government, the New York Times reports, and on Friday no police were visible in the area, according to the Wall Street Journal.

KEY BACKGROUND

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has faced criticism from all angles. Carmen Best, the city’s police chief, said in a video statement on Youtube Thursday that the decision to leave the police station was not hers and that she was upset with how the situation has developed. “I’m angry about how all this came about,” she said. Meanwhile, some protesters have directed their rage at Durkan for not pushing through more reform, and for not responding more forcefully to the harsh crowd control tactics used by police to quell the protests. On Tuesday, protesters in Seattle took over City Hall for about an hour and demanded her resignation hours after a Black Lives Matter group sued the Seattle Police Department, alleging that the city has violated the constitutional rights of demonstrators by using rough crowd control tactics. Durkan and Police Chief Best have tweaked police tactics, including ordering officers to display badge numbers and banning the use of tear gas for at least 30 days. Durkan has also promised to invest at least $100 million into minority communities and to establish a community-driven Black Commission. The city council is looking into tweaking the police budget as well.

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Re: Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2020, 03:33:13 PM »
Seattle's 'Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone' makes national headlines amid differing views and names
The area around Seattle's 12th and Pine is known as the "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" - or CHAZ - and CHOP, for "Capitol Hill Organized Protest."

Author: Chris Daniels
Published: 7:02 PM PDT June 12, 2020
Updated: 10:10 PM PDT June 13, 2020

https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/protests/seattle-capitol-hill-autonomous-zone-chaz-protests-black-lives-matter/281-c07d3974-9993-4f67-a84d-4ffc92ad62bd

SEATTLE — Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood remains in the national spotlight as demonstrations continue across Puget Sound, the country, and around the world.

The area around 12th and Pine is now known as the "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" or CHAZ, and there's no timeline for when it might change or return to how it was before. Some are now calling the area CHOP, which stands for "Capitol Hill Organized Protest."

The Seattle Police Department's East Police Precinct is covered in graffiti, and just down the street artists have spelled out "Black Lives Matter" over close to an entire city block.

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Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, in an interview with KING 5, expressed visible frustration over the vague future of the East Precinct.

"My goal is to have the officers back in the facility," said Best. She said a few officers had already made their way back inside, but for the most part, continue to operate outside of the CHAZ.

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Re: Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2020, 12:53:20 PM »
Another shooting in Seattle's police-free autonomous zone kills man and critically injures boy
By Konstantin Toropin, CNN

Updated 2:58 PM ET, Mon June 29, 2020

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/29/us/chop-seattle-shooting/index.html

(CNN)A shooting in Seattle's Capitol Hill Occupation Protest (CHOP) area Monday morning left one man dead and a 14-year-old boy critically injured -- bringing more scrutiny to the autonomous protest zone.

"When investigators arrived, they found a white Jeep Cherokee riddled with bullet holes on 12th Avenue," Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said, according to CNN affiliate KIRO.

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But CNN has observed that the number of people within the CHOP area has decreased significantly over the past week.
The police chief said violence in the autonomous zone "is a real problem" and said she questions "why would we continue to allow this to happen."

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