(FreedomJournal.org)- The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) is the six-block section of Seattle city that was occupied by armed extremists representing Black Lives Matter and Antifa. Radical leftists created a border around their “occupied” zone, manned it with armed protesters, and told the police to stay out. It resulted in people being forced to abandon their buildings, some people to stay indoors terrified, and residents in the nearby surrounding areas to become badly affected by the disruption.
Black Lives Matter and Antifa activists not only illegally occupied the space, but local Democratic party government officials refused to intervene. Mayor Jenny Durkan dismissed the occupation as a “block party” and even sent in the Seattle Department of Transport to assist them by defining their self-defined borders with concrete barriers.
Seattle Police Chief: “Rapes, robberies and all sorts of violent acts have been occurring in the area and we’re not able to get to [them].” #capitolhillautonomouszone #antifa #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/Oe5YfVz3uL
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 12, 2020
While all this has been happening, residents have been put at risk. Police Chief Carmen Best recently expressed her disappointment in the lack of action from local government, and said they will continue doing what they can to help people who call 911 for help – but local residents told KIRO 7 that they are terrified the police won’t be able to help them.
“I’m mainly scared because I know cops won’t come,” one resident in the CHAZ area said to KIRO 7. “I know fire trucks can’t come in. No government has even contacted any residents.”
The same resident told the local station that they have been forced to stay in friends’ homes and hotels just to feel safe.
“I was protesting prior to the opening of CHOP or CHAZ but now I don’t know what I’m really supporting if I were to go to CHAZ or linger around, because it’s a different movement,” the male resident said.
“Even if I want to move out, I can’t move out because I can’t even bring a moving truck there…Hence why I moved to a hotel yesterday. I’ll be staying there for at least a week but I have no idea what’s next.”
Residents could be in for a long stretch of dealing with their streets being vandalized and occupied by armed anarchists, as local government officials appear completely unwilling to help.
For some, it’s a great irony that people who once supported these protesters are now getting a taste of their own medicine – but for the residents that never supported these protests, the situation is ugly and distressing.