Trump claims that domestic terrorists run by “radical left Democrats” have taken over Seattle. #CHAZ is not exactly Paris 1968 or even 1871. Imagine Occupy as a street fair. Trump is relying on his alternate reality to keep him appearing like IMPOTUS*.

Darn it, the oxymorons have liberated Seattle and nationalized Microsoft and Boeing… not.

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There likely will be violence, but only by malign people. There are demands which represent a host of agendas, as well as a lot of disinformation being generated in places like Reddit.

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— Political Scrutiny 101 (@PoliScrutiny101) June 11, 2020

SEATTLE — On the streets next to a police precinct in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, protesters and officers spent a week locked in a nightly cycle of standoffs, at times ending with clouds of tear gas.

But facing a growing backlash over its dispersal tactics in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, the Seattle Police Department this week offered a concession: Officers would abandon their precinct, board up the windows and let the protesters have free rein outside.

In a neighborhood that is the heart of the city’s art and culture — threatened these days as rising tech wealth brings in gentrification — protesters seized the moment. They reversed the barricades to shield the liberated streets and laid claim to several city blocks, now known as the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.”

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The protest zone has increasingly functioned with the tacit blessing of the city. Harold Scoggins, the fire chief, was there on Wednesday, chatting with protesters, helping set up a call with the police department and making sure the area had portable toilets and sanitation services.

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The demonstrators have also been trying to figure it out, with various factions voicing different priorities. A list of three demands was posted prominently on a wall: One, defund the police department; two, fund community health; and three, drop all criminal charges against protesters.

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