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Police Clear Out Seattle’s Autonomous Zone, After Protesters Reached Mayor’s House

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Police Clear Out Seattle's Autonomous Zone, After Protesters Reached Mayor's House

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On July 1st, Seattle police stepped in and cleared the “Capital Hill Autonomous Zone” in an early morning sweep.

This followed an executive order by Mayor Jenny Durkan.

Hundreds of police officers in riot gear pushed back the protesters in the autonomous zone and cleared it out.

Police entered bathrooms in search of protesters who had stayed behind and removed a barricade of trash cans erected by demonstrators to clear a path for an armored vehicle.

A protester with a megaphone told fellow demonstrators to peacefully exit the zone:

“We’ve made history, Everybody out,” Rick Hearns, yelled into his megaphone according to Seattle Times. “We’ll get another place. Don’t taunt the officers.”

Before it was cleared out, there were six shootings, two deaths.

Prior to the police clearing it out, City Council member Kshama Sawant led a march to Durkan’s home, where she railed against the Mayor and police brutality with a crowd of BLM protesters.

 

Other than that, there were limited protests throughout the US, with little to no violence.

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