Protesters will not leave CHOP in Seattle as tensions escalate

Several hundred protesters are staying in an autonomous area claimed by protesters for racial justice in Seattle, despite the fact that its size is shrinking and the pressure to close it entirely is mounting by local businesses and residents, as well as by city officials.

The Capitol Hill Busy Protest Zone, or CHOP, began on June 8 after thousands of protesters moved to a six-block area in the art district. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan ordered police to leave the local East Precinct Police Station to help end violent confrontations …


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