The group of far-left protesters who have set up an “autonomous zone” in Seattle include Antifa activists, some of whom are armed.
The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), — an area of six square blocks seized by a loose coalition of anarchist, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and other far-left organizers — has declared itself independent of the local, state, and federal governments, and police have withdrawn from the area. The CHAZ has set up barricades with entry checkpoints, according to Seattle Police Assistant Chief Deanna Nollette.
Social media profiles of Antifa activists have posted photos from inside the AZ, with one viral post calling for “more people with guns.”
— WANaziWatch (@WANaziWatch) June 10, 2020
We need more people with guns at the CHAZ
— Seattle Antifascists (@RainCityAntifa) June 10, 2020
That need was quickly met, as The Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club (PSJBGC), a self-identified and widely recognized Antifa group, announced its presence at the CHAZ and said it is “providing safety patrols” via social media. Independent journalist Jake Hanrahan and a video from inside the CHAZ corroborate the statements from these purported PSJBGC accounts.
sorry for the radio silence
too busy hanging out in the
SEATTLE AUTONOMOUS ZONE
— Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club (@PugetSoundJBGC) June 9, 2020
Okay this is beginning to look more like it. Left-libertarian movement John Brown Gun Club turned up armed to do patrols. pic.twitter.com/8fAnSTpWVB
— Jake Hanrahan (@Jake_Hanrahan) June 9, 2020
This is too funny. #CHAZ Protester shows perimeter view and stumbles on to a sign that reads "Cowards Hide Behind Their Guns" while announcer on speaker in background says, "The John Brown Gun Club is armed for your safety, they are on our side."#CapitalHillAutonomousZone pic.twitter.com/dacH34hvFG
— TransSpeciesDog (@TransSpeciesDog) June 11, 2020
Cap hill feels like a tiny war battered commune. Food and medic tents everywhere, precinct boarded, protestor baracades and patrols, Proud Boys were heard to be in the area, people fortified baracades, several John Brown Gun Club people showed up to offer help, some armed pic.twitter.com/mNOZzmRuh1
— Asswolf Resurgence (@SluttyPuppyTown) June 9, 2020
President Donald Trump announced at the end of May that the federal government will designate Antifa as a terrorist organization, after several nights of violent riots in cities across America in response to the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police.
A Medium blog post from a purported CHAZ activist lists 30 demands for the City Council and Seattle Mayor.
The first two center on abolishing the Seattle Police Deparment.
Demand one states:
The Seattle Police Department and attached court system are beyond reform. We do not request reform, we demand abolition. We demand that the Seattle Council and the Mayor defund and abolish the Seattle Police Department and the attached Criminal Justice Apparatus. This means 100% of funding, including existing pensions for Seattle Police. At an equal level of priority we also demand that the city disallow the operations of ICE in the city of Seattle.
The second demand is “no guns, no batons, no riot shields, [and] no chemical weapons,” be used against protesters during the “transitory period” in which the police department is being dismantled.
The list of demands are followed by a statement: “Although we have liberated Free Capitol Hill in the name of the people of Seattle, we must not forget that we stand on land already once stolen from the Duwamish People, the first people of Seattle, and whose brother, John T. Williams of the Nuu-chah-nulth tribe up north was murdered by the Seattle Police Department 10 years ago.”
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include additional evidence of Antifa activists’ involvement in the “autonomous zone” and their efforts to arm the group.
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