Movies, snacks and poetry in the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” occupied by demonstrators (photos)
Protesters claimed an area six blocks from Capitol Hill in Seattle, calling the boarded up streets the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone”, allowing individuals to enjoy film screenings, poetry performances, free food, medical supplies and more in the makeshift camping area that serves as a protracted protest against police brutality.
After Seattle Police left and boarded the East Precinct headquarters amid protests this week, protesters set up a camp in the area – which is an arts and culture hub in the city – and hung a banner by saying “THIS SPACE IS NOW THE PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE OF SEATTLE.”
There are no police in the area, and protesters watch who permeates the barricades, claiming it is “open to anyone who wants to talk about life in the New Autonomous Zone” and “anyone who takes a stand. for the lives of blacks and against the police “, according to News week.
The situation has drawn vitriolic contempt from President Donald Trump, who tweeted, “Radical leftist governor @JayInslee and the mayor of Seattle are mocked and played at a level our great country has never seen before. Take back your city NOW. If you don’t, I will. This is not a game. These ugly anarchists must be brought down IMMEDIATELY. HURRY UP!”
Seattle Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkin, who clashed critical by protesters and officials for allegedly allowing police brutality, tolerating the encampment, and tweeted Back to the Chair: “Insure us all.” Return to your bunker. #Black lives matter. “
As the space lacks leadership, participants organized speeches, concerts, group discussions, and relevant film screenings (including one of the 13th, what director Ava DuVernay applauded), with free food, The cross water and medical supplies would have available to occupants.
The space’s short- and long-term results and goals remain a topic of discussion for protesters, with one recounting the Seattle weather, “We are trying to take back our community so that we can live without a massive police force patrolling the streets.”
Following the death of George Floyd, protesters in Seattle initially had violent clashes with police, in which officers used tear gas, pepper spray and other weapons to dissolve the protesters, leading Black Lives Matter to lodge a complaint alleging “unnecessary violence” by the police. Some blamed Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkin for it, with protesters and local politicians calling for her resignation, including city council member Kshama Sawant, who unlocked town hall on Tuesday night for protesters.