Debunking Claims about CHAZ

I’m from Seattle. Don’t agree with everything going on there, but I saw a lot of claims about the protest in Seattle, some are true some are not. Decided to do some research and break the claims down.

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Background on CHAZ

Protestors faced off with cops for 11 days, until someone (we still don’t know who) ordered the police to leave their precinct building.

Protestors setup a 6 block ‘block party style’ protest with art, meetings, speeches, food and movie watching parties.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/12/seattle-autonomous-zone-capitol-hill/

Claims about CHAZ

I have seen individuals and some new orgs claiming protestors have:

  1. Built a wall

I will break each one of those claims down.

1. Built a wall

True

Yes the protestors blocked some streets. Like cities regularly do for concerts, parades, and speeches. The from everything reported there, the feeling is more like a block party with cookouts and watching movies.

https://www.kuow.org/stories/dispatches-from-seattle-s-new-autonomous-zone-known-as-chaz

2. Extorted Businesses

False

I can’t find any evidence of this. If you have sources, please share. Those reports were anecdotal and not a single police report has been filed. So unless the businesses don’t want their money back or insurance claims, it is not happening.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/seattle-area-protests-updates-for-thursday-june-11/

3. Armed guards

True

Washington is an open carry state, and similar to armed protesters protesting the lockdown for coronavirus, some of these protesters are armed as well.

https://www.kuow.org/stories/dispatches-from-seattle-s-new-autonomous-zone-known-as-chaz

4. Armed Guards Questioning People at the ‘border’

Mostly false

But people are walking in and out all the time, there is no one questioning everyone in a line line a border crossing. Some of the guards say they are keeping an eye on people they don’t trust, and I’m sure police or others in official capacity have discussions with the guards or might be blocked from entering. This part I don’t support as much, but this is part of protests. Like blocking a highway or occupying a square.

5. Demand the US implement Socialism

Not sure?

I don’t know enough about ‘socialism’ to know if their demands = socialism.

Someone wrote a list of 30 demands that someone verbally spoke at a rally in CHAZ. Since there is no formal leadership structure, we can’t really be sure these are the ‘demands’

I would encourage you to read them.

https://medium.com/@seattleblmanon3/the-demands-of-the-collective-black-voices-at-free-capitol-hill-to-the-government-of-seattle-ddaee51d3e47

Some of their demands have threads of socialism yes. Some ideas are good, some are a bit crazy to me. 🙂

Conclusion

I love Seattle, I don’t support everything going on their, but I do support the protestors and their right to protest.

And I hope the result of this is lasting change in the form of decreased police brutality, as well as minority communities not suffering disproportionate amounts of police brutality.

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