Update: Looks like the city has “paused” the tear down of CHAZ after the occupiers said they will not allow it. We will update if the city decides to be rational and stop this madness.
According to numerous live feeds and media reports, Seattle police along with numerous construction videos are lining up around the occupied area known as CHAZ or CHOP in Seattle’s Capital Hill Neighborhood.
Live feeds that have been largely inactive each morning are buzzing with movement Friday morning after the occupiers learned that the city planned on taking back their city. Several YouTube live videos active this morning show dozens of pieces of construction equipment, personnel and police waiting just outside the chop zone.
In recent days the real citizens of the occupied section of Seattle began to take measures into their own hands after police retreated and a group of anarchists took over a 6 block area, renaming it the Capital Hill Autonomous Zone, then renaming it to the Capital Hill Occupied Protest. One resident, who has lived in the neighborhood for eight years began tearing down protesters barricades this week and more than a dozen business owners filed a class action lawsuit against the City claiming they were put in danger each day after the city gave up the six block area and provided material support to these occupiers.
While mainstream media has largely covered the occupied area as “peaceful” and Seattle’s mayor called it a “Summer of Love,” independent journalists documented what was really happening on the ground capturing rampant drug abuse, destruction of property, violence and even four shootings with one dead.
While Seattle did not formally announce the take back of the city, it looks like today is the day that the real residents of Seattle have been waiting for