Former Seattle City Council candidate Ari Hoffman said Wednesday that the Capitol Hill Zone of Occupation in Seattle is “tragic” as the city government is “financing” the autonomous zone.
“I often call Seattle the canary in the coal mine for the rest of the United States. The things that happened here, the bad policies, spread and were copied across the country,” Hoffman told “Fox & Friends.”
Protesters in Washington DC attempted earlier this week to create a police-free zone near the White House, similar to the Seattle Autonomous Zone that took over six blocks near the city center after police abandoned a enclosure.
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Seattle authorities were making preparations Tuesday to retake the Capitol Hill organized protest zone, or CHOP, after several shootings and a string of other crimes in what protesters have declared a “police free zone.”
Protesters occupied the neighborhood on June 8 after police withdrew from their East Precinct building after more than a week of protests over the death of George Floyd, some of which turned violent.
Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25, sparking protests against police brutality and racism. Some cities saw violence, riots, and looting, including Seattle in its Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Hoffman said CHOP affiliates want to “rewrite the history of the United States” and “bring down the United States” using the “racial issue to drive a Marxist agenda.” In addition, Hoffman said that the Seattle government has supported CHOP protesters.
Instead, Seattle provides them with sanitation and public services and provides them with new barriers to reinforce the barriers they took from the Seattle police to create their own walls. So Seattle is essentially funding the protest against them and the occupation of a section in our city. “
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Hoffman said two patriots entered the occupied Capitol Hill protest zone with American flags ripped from their hands.
“One of them was an African-American man, one was a woman, and the crowd tore off their flags.”