Seattle Councilwoman: Cede ‘Autonomous Zone’ to Anarchists Permanently

Socialist Seattle city council member Kshama Sawant said she will introduce a bill that would ensure the precinct within the “CHAZ is kept in ‘community control' permanently.

Sawant's legislation would turn the police precinct into a community center. Set up earlier this week, CHAZ extends six city blocks around the precinct. It is unclear whether Sawant's legislation would only cede the precinct or if the “autonomous zone” would remain in place permanently.

Law enforcement officials are worried about not having a permanent presence in the area. “Our 911 response time has tripled from what it was before we had officers not working out of this precinct,” one officer told a protester.

CHAZ has functioned as its own country by securing its borders with armed guards and hanging a sign at the entry points that says: “Now leaving the USA.” The area formed after police abandoned a precinct that was surrounded by protesters advocating against police brutality and racial injustice following the death of George Floyd in police custody.

Source: Washington Examiner

Image: ZeroHedge


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