Just a day after President Trump threatened to use the military in order to restore order in Seattle, Mayor Jenny Durkan has praised the protesters who have taken over a six-block perimeter they are calling "CHAZ," or Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.
"Unfortunately, our president wants to tell a story about domestic terrorists who have a radical agenda and are promoting a conspiracy that fits his law-and-order initiatives," Durkan said, according to Patch. "It's simply not true. Lawfully gathering and expressing First Amendment rights, demanding we do better as a society, and providing true equity for communities of color is not terrorism. It's patriotism."
Earlier clashes with police led to authorities deciding to board up and desert the East Precinct. Durkan has claimed she is in communication with the residents and business owners in the "autonomous zone" and that the situation is under control.
"It is not an armed Antifa militia, it is not a no-go zone," Durkan said.
Despite reports of fights, vandalism, and property damage, Durkan did not outline any future plan for the return of police officers in the area.
Days ago, protesters stormed Seattle's City Hall with chants of "Durkan must go."
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