President Trump promised Tuesday that what happened in Seattle will not take place in the nation’s capital, and that an “autonomous” zone in DC will not be established after protesters who attempted to establish such a space were cleared up overnight. previous.
Protesters had blocked an area on Monday they called the “Black House Autonomous Zone” or “BHAZ.”
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“There will never be an ‘Autonomous Zone’ in Washington, DC, as long as I am its President. If they try, they will face serious force!” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.
Protesters had also disfigured and attempted to tear down a statue of Andrew Jackson near the White House, and the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, often called the Church of the Presidents, was smashed with “BHAZ” spray-painted on its pillars.
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The protesters’ efforts were similar to those in Seattle that created the “Capitol Hill organized protest” or “CHOP” in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood more than two weeks ago. City officials announced Monday that steps were being taken to dismantle the police-free area after a series of shootings and other acts of violence within the area.
“There shouldn’t be a place in Seattle that the Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department can’t go,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Monday. Durkan had previously faced criticism for saying that protests in the CHOP area could spark a “summer of love.”
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Earlier Tuesday morning, Trump warned protesters damaging federal property that they could be arrested and jailed. In a Fox News interview, he criticized state leaders for not being so tough on those seeking the destruction of historical monuments.
“Many states are weak. Many people are weak and they are allowing it to happen,” Trump said.
Speaking of those who chase monuments of controversial historical figures, Trump also told reporters: “They are bad people, they don’t love our country.”
Louis Casiano of Fox News contributed to this report.