Anti-Trump Seattle mayor defends ‘Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone’ as ‘patriotic’

Seattle Mayor Jenny DurkanAP

The mayor of Seattle has indicated she is more in league with outlaws who seized a portion of her city last week than with the president of the United States.

Mayor Jenny Durkan on June 11 even characterized the protesters who have declared an “autonomous zone” in Seattle as “patriotic.” Presented with the possibility of federal forces cracking down on the protesters, she called the move to restore order “unconstitutional and illegal.”

“Unfortunately, our president wants to tell a story about domestic terrorists who have a radical agenda and are promoting a conspiracy that fits his law-and-order initiatives,” Durkan said, as reported by Patch.

“It’s simply not true. Lawfully gathering and expressing First Amendment rights, demanding we do better as a society, and providing true equity for communities of color is not terrorism. It’s patriotism.”

Even when you “take over” part of a major U.S. city to do it.

In the city’s Capitol Hill zone, where law enforcement and protesters have been clashing in front of a police precinct over the last several weeks after the death of a black man in Minneapolis police custody, outlaws now occupy a six-block area dubbed “CHAZ” for “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.”

Aside from reports of vandalism, property damage and the occasional fight, “no serious incidents” have yet been documented inside the area, Durkan said. She was unable to give any specific plan or timeline for when officers would return to the precinct.


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